Sadanobu Hasegawa III – Black Cat (diptych)

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Artist

Hasegawa III, Sadanobu

Condition

(A) Very Fine Condition

Date

1940s-1950s

Movement

Sosaku hanga

Publisher

Uchida Bijutsu Hangashi

Size

Oban (10"x15"), Chuban (7"x10")

Subjects

Birds / Beasts

A lovely pair of black cats, done in the sosaku-hanga style by Sadanobu Hasegawa III, these prints are often sold individually but are in fact a left and right panel of a diptych.

The Woodblock Prints

These two chuban-sized woodblocks are in very good to excellent condition. Unlike many of the copies circulating, these two prints do not suffer from acid burns from their original matting being left on, nor do they have any fading. They have strong, even tones throughout, with only minor paper toning on the right print.

About the Artist

Sadanobu Hasegawa III (1881-1963) is the third in a long line of Japanese printmakers, following his father and grandfather into the profession. Born in Osaka as the son of Sadanobu II, he was the student of Shijo painter Ueda Kocho, and later the student of Utagawa Sadamasu, becoming a member of the Osaka School. Most of the woodblock prints by Sadanobu Hasegawa III were made after World War II.

Sadanobu Hasegawa III worked to adopt the art of Japanese printmaking to the 20th century. Most of his work was commissioned by the Uchida company in Kyoto, one of the largest publishers of woodblock prints in Japan at the time. His technique followed the old Japanese tradition of hand making all of the blocks, while occasionally adding more modern features to some of his prints like embossing of metal pigments.

Sadanobu Hasegawa III adopted a style which was a combination of old ukiyo-e traditions with a modern approach. His subjects included the traditional focuses of ukiyo-e tradition such as kabuki theater, the bunraku puppet theater, beautiful girls from Kyoto, as well as scenes and events from Japan’s medieval history and legends. His work primarily catered to the foreign market, and his selections of colors and subjects almost portrayed a Disneyland image of Japan.