Sadanobu Hasegawa III – Princess Yaegaki

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Hasegawa III, Sadanobu


(A+) Excellent Condition






Uchida Bijutsu Hangashi


Oban (10"x15")


Women / Geisha

“Honcho Nijushiko” is a Kabuki play telling the story of the battle between the military commanders Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin in the Sengoku period (Japanese civil war era). Shingen and Kenshin, who were fighting against each other, had been ordered to search together for the criminal who assassinated Shogun Ashikaga Yoshiteru. So they arranged for Shingen’s son Takeda Katsuyori to become engaged to Kenshin’s daughter Yaegakihime, and this truce was maintained for 3 years. In one scene Yaegakihime vows her love to Takeda Katsuyori who has entered Kenshin’s palace in disguise. Later the power of a fox’s spirit possesses Yaegakihime, who is going to warn Katsuyori about the pursuers sent by Kenshin, and a miracle occurs.

The Woodblock Print

This large oban is in excellent condition. Clean and intact margins and a clean verso. No discolorations within the print, a rich and even black tones, and embossing.

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 okiyo-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.