Kanpo (1894 - 1979)

The Geisha Hinazo

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: Early Summer, 1922
Size (H x W): 16.75 x 10.75 (inches)
Publisher: Sato Shotaro
Seals: Publisher's rectangular seal: Sato-Sho han
Edition: 100 (not numbered)
Signature: Kanpo
Conditon: Very good color and impression, sliver mica background

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From the series The First Collection of Creative Prints by Kanpo. Carved by Maeda Kentaro. Printed by Oiwa Tokuzo.

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.