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Shigenobu, Yanagawa

Yanagawa Shigenobu (柳川 重信, 1787–1832) was a Japanese artist in the ukiyo-e tradition. He was first the pupil, then son-in-law, and finally adopted son of the Edo master painter Katsushika Hokusai. He designed illustrated books, prints, and surimono, and while later in Osaka, he worked with the gifted block cutter and printer Tani Seikō.

Shigenobu focused on theatrical subjects, but some of his best work includes a series of deluxe ōban prints depicting geisha in the Shinmachi Nerimono parade in Osaka, and approximately 30 fine surimono on various subjects (at least 18 in collaboration with the Tsuru-ren Crane Group of kyōka poets), with blocks cut and printed by Seikō.

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