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Kanpo (1894 - 1979)

The Actor Jitsukawa Enjaku II as Igami no Gonta

Series: Creative Prints by Kanpo, First Series
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1923
Size (H x W): 16.5 x 11 (inches)
Publisher: Sato Shotaro
Seals: Sato Sho han, edition seal on reverse
Edition: 8/200
Provenance: East Coast Estate (collected in early 1970's)
Signature: Kanpo
Condition: Very good color and impression, very light soiling and wear on margins, small mark. on hair, small tape on reverse top edge, embellished with oxidation and mica.

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About the artist

Kanpo Yoshikawa was born in Kyoto and studied woodblock printing and painting under Tosui Nishibori and Seiho Takeuchi before graduating from Kyoto School of Painting. He worked in many fields, becoming a successful writer, stage designer and painter. However, Kanpo is best known for his yakusha-e, or "actor prints." He based his style on traditional Japanese woodblock printing, but successfully incorporated aspects of western styles to produce the some of the finest examples of woodblock print portraiture.