Yoshi Takahashi

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Yoshi Takahashi ( Japanese 高橋 義 治 , Takahashi Yoshiharu , born March 15, 1943 in Tokyo ; † 1998 in Bad Reichenhall ) was a Japanese painter and graphic artist who lived and worked in Germany from 1960 and in Austria from 1974. In addition to his teaching activities in Munich, Salzburg and Saarland, he mainly created paintings , watercolors , gouaches , aquatints and etchings as well as some lithographs and linocut prints .

life and work

Yoshi Takahashi studied fine arts at the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo from 1960–1965 . He did not choose the eastern-traditional, but the modern-western course of study and graduated with a diploma . In 1966 he moved to Germany and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich from 1966 to 1969 .

He began his artistic career as a painter. At that time he worked part of the year in Paris in his studio ; there he got to know the French painting of the 50s. After completing his studies in Munich, he began in the Salzburg graphical test workshop of Slavi Soucek work on lithographs. But he published only a few in 1974, 1975 and 1979. Even working with linocut did not satisfy him; he only created two pictures in 1978.

At the International Summer Academy for Fine Arts in Salzburg , he got to know the aquatint technique of etching. From then on, the focus of his prints was on the etchings, which he worked on from 1974 until his death.

He developed a technique of aquatint, in which he printed each individual etching exclusively from the three primary colors yellow, blue and red; He etched three plates in innumerable fine gradations, scraped lights and signs from the fine-grained structures and achieved an extraordinary differentiation in the color scheme with luminous layers of velvety, shimmering depth in the print.

Ina Stegen describes a further development of his prints in Yoshi Takahashi's catalog raisonné of prints as follows: After experiments with relief and material prints , he invented an art decollage technique, in which he placed irregularly torn pieces of paper and other substances on the asphalt-coated plate, which, depending on their structure, completely or partially replaced the asphalt layer. The fabric of the material took on the function of the aquatint in the positive process. The slab could then be processed further, the asphalt layer added or removed further. Only the finished plate was then etched once, often for 30 hours or more. Your relief could be colored with rollers of different degrees of hardness in several colors for one print run. The result was a palpable structure of the surface of dense color, a quiet, strong pictorial space in which movement and form had melted.

In 1973, Yoshi Takahashi was given a teaching position at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . In 1974 he moved to Salzburg and from 1974 to 1981 he taught drawing , painting and etching at Salzburg College . Together with other Salzburg artists, he was a member of Gruppe 73 , which existed from 1973 to 1979. According to the realistic art of the Third Reich , the members of Group 73 agreed that they only wanted to reproduce nature in an abstract way. In 1976 he designed an abstract exhibition poster for the Group 73 exhibition at the Kunstverein Salzburg.

1981–1984 he headed the workshop for etching at Salzburg College , 1986–1998 headed the etching class at the International Summer Academy for Fine Arts in Salzburg , 1988 headed the watercolor class at the International Summer Academy of the Saarland and 1993 headed the symposium East meets west (organized by the state government of Lower Bavaria and BMW).

Well-known master class of Yoshi Takahashi

  • Ute Breitenberger 1990-1991
  • Norbert Closs 1989
  • Katleen de Buck 1989
  • Iris Flexer 1989/91
  • Gerhard Hofmann assistant in the etching class 1982, 1984, 1989–1999
  • Elfriede Otto 1989, 1991, 1992
  • Robert Kaindl-Trätzl 1989, 1993
  • Heinz Tagger
  • Margrith Weber-Joho


  • 1969 Contemporary Art Gallery, Salzburg
  • 1972 Japanese Cultural Institute, Cologne
  • 1972 Welz Gallery, Salzburg
  • 1975 Kunstverein Krems, Krems
  • 1976 Kunstverein Salzburg, Traklhaus, Salzburg
  • 1977 Welz Gallery, Salzburg
  • 1978 Raasch Gallery, Landsberg am Lech
  • 1980 Baumgartner Galleries, Washington DC
  • 1981 Parko Gallery, Sapporo
  • 1981 Manus presse gallery, Stuttgart
  • 1983 Art Association, Neustadt / Weinstrasse
  • 1988 University Museum, Marburg
  • 1996 René Carcan Foundation, Brussels
  • 1996 Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg

Exhibition catalog

  • Yoshi Takahashi - Pictures and Graphics, Welz Gallery October 4-29, 1978 . Approx. 20 pages with numerous illustrations. Welz Verlag, Salzburg 1978.

Catalog raisonnés

  • Hänßel, Roland (editor), Stegen, Ina (introduction): Yoshi Takahashi. Catalog raisonné of prints 1974 - 1983. 72 pages with partly full-page color illustrations. Edition of 1500 copies, including 200 copies as a special edition, by the artist hs. signed with 2 bound hs. signed and numbered original etchings by Yoshi Takahashi. With price list of the works. Manus Presse Stuttgart 1983.
  • Yoshi Takahashi. Catalog raisonné of prints 1974–1988. 72 pages with 229 mostly color illustrations. Manus Presse Stuttgart 1988.
  • Friese, Klaus Gerrit (Editor): Yoshi Takahashi. Catalog raisonné of prints 1988–1993. 48 pages with numerous illustrations. Edition of 1500 copies. With price list of the works. Text in German, English and French, Manus Presse Stuttgart 1993. ISBN 3-87507-000-3
  • Friese, Klaus Gerrit (editor), Stegen, Ina (foreword): Yoshi Takahashi. Catalog raisonné of prints 1974–1997. 152 pages with 420 mostly color illustrations. Text in German, English and Japanese, with price list of the works. Edition of 1500 copies, of which 95 copies with the original etching Flötenpan (1997) numbered and signed by the artist. Manus Presse Stuttgart 1999. ISBN 3-87507-003-8
  • Yoshi Takahashi, Ina Stegen: Pictures 1956 - 1989. Gallery-Verlag Hans Hoeppner, Hamburg-Toronto-Frankfurt 1989.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Anselm Wagner: From the artists' association to the art gallery. The Salzburg Art Association from 1970 to 1993 . In: 150 Years of the Salzburger Kunstverein (ed.), Art and the Public 1844–1994. Salzburg 1994, pp. 201-251.
  2. ^ Exhibition poster in the Albertina in Vienna
  3. ^ Exhibition poster in the Albertina in Vienna