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Tadao Harumura

Full name: Tadao Harumura
Original name: 春村 ただを
Other name(s): Tadao Tanabe, 田豊唯雄
Gender: Male
Born: July 7, 1901 in Shirako, Chiba, Japan
Died: October 15, 1977
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Art Competitions

Biography

Japanese Tadao Harumura lived in the port town of Kobe in Japan and was one of the leading woodcut artists there before World War II. The focus of his woodblock prints was on landscapes. Harumura was born as Tadao Tanabe close to the picturesque Kujūkuri Beach on the east coast of Honshu Island. After finishing high school, he enrolled at the Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya close to Kobe, where he met printmaker Imazō Kitamura and started producing prints. His first exhibitions came in 1922 with the Japanese Creative Prints Association and he became a regular participant in their exhibitions. In the same year, he dropped out of university. Between 1927 and 1931 he published a first series of collections of woodcuts dealing, for instance, with the architecture of the city of Kobe (Kobe landscape) or with nude drawings (Spring), which played a significant role in the history of creative printmaking. With [Hide Kawanishi] and Imazō Kitamura, Harumura founded the artist association Sanko-kai in 1929 and illustrated stories in popular magazines. In 1936 he donated a considerable number of his works, including the two prints shown at the 1936 Berlin art competition, to the Kobe City Central Library.

While working in a liver oil factory in 1938, Harumura sustained a serious injury that forced him to abandon printmaking. During an air raid on Kobe in 1945 all of his works, woodblocks, and all other materials were destroyed. While he worked in a munition factory in Osaka, his family was evacuated to Kuwana near Nagoya. After the end of the war, they all returned to his hometown of Shirako, where he started working in the village office. He later worked for the local welfare division as a pension clerk and eventually in a school canteen.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event Japan JPN AC
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event Japan JPN AC

Mixed Painting, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Art Competitions Japan Final Standings AC Schlittschuhlaufen
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Art Competitions Japan Final Standings AC Eishockey-Kampf
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