Igawa Sengai* 井川洗厓 [also seen as 井川洗崖 and 井川仙厓] (1876-1961)
*name sometimes seen romanized as “Ikawa Sengai”
As a woodblock print designer, Igawa contributed four prints to the 1926 print series Collected Prints of the Taishō Earthquake (Taishō Shinsai gashū) published by Zue Kenkyūka and designed a six-print series of war propaganda woodblocks in 1937 and 1938 titled Prints of the China Incident (Shina jihen hanga) (see picture above), but he was best known for his contributions to the 1924 series Collection of New Ukiyo-e Style Beauties (Shin ukiyo-e bijin awase) (see August-Moon shown left) and for his prints and paintings and illustrations of bijin, beautiful women.
1 Who's Who in Japan, published by The Who's Who in Japan Office, 1916, p. 169.
2 The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, Amy Riegle Newland and Hamanaka Shinji, Abe Publishing Ltd and Hotei Publishing, 2000, p. 208.
3 Modern Japanese Prints: An Art Reborn, Oliver Statler, Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1956, p. 98
Samples of Signatures and Seals of the Artist
Prints in Collection
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