Ono Tadashige (1909, Tokyo – 1990, Tokyo) was one of the most important representatives of post-war Japanese graphic arts and an influential member of the Sosaku Handa movement. His early work before World War II was influenced, among other things, by the socially critical works of German Expressionism and the proletarian artistic movement. This influence was to a lesser extent indirectly reflected in his works after WWII as well, when he most often depicted urban scenes of industrialized Japanese cities in his prints. The harsh portrayals of dark cityscapes and objects, with his typical use of a bright colour palette, mainly expressed the anxiety and alienation of contemporary society. Around 1948, he developed a special printing technique inkoku tashoku-zuri mokuhan (colour negative woodblock printing). He wrote several books about the history of Japanese printmaking and taught at various Japanese universities.
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