Shigenobu (1787 - 1832)

Two Lovers

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1823
Size (H x W): 10 x 14.75 (inches)
Signature: Most shunga were unsigned, therefore the artist is attributed.
Condition: Very good color and impression, some soiling and wear, light vertical fold, small repaired wormage near right edge.

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About the artist

Born in Yanagawa in 1787, Shigenobu worked as a puppet maker before his successful career as a ukiyo-e printmaker and book illustrator. A student of the great Hokusai, Shigenobu married his teacher’s daughter. Upon their marriage, Hokusai handed down his go (artist name) “Raito” to his new son-in-law. Shigenobu is known for his delicate surimono (lavishly printed, privately commissioned works), graceful beauties, and inviting landscapes.