Kōgyo Tsukioka

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Tsukioka Kōgyo
Dōjōji (道成寺), painting on silk, 148.5 x 176.3 cm, by Tsukioka Kogyo
Born(1869-04-18)April 18, 1869
DiedFebruary 25, 1927(1927-02-25) (aged 57)
Known forUkiyo-e

Tsukioka Kōgyo (月岡 耕漁), sometimes called Sakamaki Kōgyo (坂巻 耕漁), (April 18, 1869 – February 25, 1927) was a Japanese artist of the Meiji period. He was a student and adopted son of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, and also studied with Ogata Gekkō. Although Kōgyo sometimes painted other subjects, for most of his career he made pictures of Japanese noh theatre, either as large-scale paintings or colored woodblock prints. Many of the latter were published in series and sold as multi-volume sets. Some sets, such as Nōgaku zue, have been preserved as albums in their original bindings, including accordion-style bindings known as orihon, while other sets such as Nōga taikan, were issued in sewn bindings known as yamato toji. Although most bound sets belong to institutional collections, individual prints by Kōgyo can still be found through dealers specializing in Japanese prints.

Horse Riding Competition (母衣引, Horohiki), 1901, one of a series of 12 prints entitled Brocades of the Capital (都の錦, Miyako no nishiki)


  • Mizuta Museum of Art (2005). Kindai no Nōgakka: Tsukioka Kōgyo ten. Tōgane-shi: Jōsai Kokusai Daigaku Mizuta Bijutsukan.
  • Merritt, Helen and Nanako Yamada (1992). Guide to Modern Japanese Prints: 1900-1975. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
  • Bondi, Don. "Tsukioka Kôgyo and Nô Ukioyo-e." Daruma 52, Vol.13, no.4 (Autumn 2006), 12-24.
  • Schaap, Robert and J. Thomas Rimer (2010). The Beauty of Silence: Japanese Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo 1869-1927. Leiden: Hotei Publishing.

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