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Hiyoshi Mamoru (1885-?)


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Biography

Hiyoshi Mamoru1 日吉守 [ひよしまもる] (1885-?) 
Source: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 37 and 3 “Artistic Trends in Korean Painting,” Youngna Kim appearing in War, Occupation, and Creativity: Japan and East Asia, 1920-1960, edited by Marlene J. Mayo, J. Thomas Rimer, H. Eleanor Kerkham, University of Hawai'i Press, 2001, p. 124.

A Western-style painter who studied with Okada Saburosuke (1869-1939). Immediately after graduating from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1909, the year before Japan formally annexed Korea, he took up teaching duties in colonial Korea, one of a number of Japanese artists who taught there. He served at the Kyongsong (Gyeongseong) Middle School (a school for Japanese students that later became the Seoul Middle and High School) beginning in 1909 and stayed in Korea until 1945. In 1941 he participated in the founding of the pro-Japanese Kyungsung Artists' Association 京城美術家協會 (경성미술가협회), "the first large-scale organization organized for artists' pro-Japanese activities."2 His brief memoir of his life in Korea provides information on the Japanese artists who went to Korea and what they did during the colonial period.3

In the early 1950s he began designing woodblock prints for the publisher Kyoto Hangain. Most of these works consist of scenes of Korean customs and scenic places, idyllic remembrances of Mamoru's many years living there. Typically, they are signed M. Hiyoshi with a stylized seal of Mamoru [], as shown below.

Mamoru seal of the artist


1 Artist's name in Korean 히요시 마모루
2 Encyclopedia of Korean Culture http://encykorea.aks.ac.kr/Contents/Index?contents_id=E0071751 [last accessed 6/23/2020]
3 Hiyoshi Mamoru, “Chosen bijutsukai no kaiko” (Recollections of the Art World in Korea)