Kawanishi Yūzaburō 川西祐三郎 (1923-2014)
Sources: Kobe City website http://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/culture/culture/institution/museum/tokuten/2010_03kawanishi.html; Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 61; website of Kwansei Gakuin University https://www.kwansei.ac.jp/news/2013/news_20130731_008089.html and as footnoted.
Following in the footsteps of his father the sosaku hanga printmaker Kawanishi Hide (1894-1965), Yūzaburō started studying woodblock print making with his father when he was eight years old.
The third son in the family, he was born in Kobe in the Kansai area in 1923. At the age of nineteen, his skill was such that he exhibited at the 11th Nihon Hanga Kyōkai (Japan Print Association) exhibition, winning a first prize, but it was not until he graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University in 1947, an education that was interrupted by the 1942 wartime Student Mobilization Order., that he became a full-time print maker. After the death of his father in 1965, Yūzaburō was to go on to become a leader in the creative print genre (sosaku hanga) in the Kansai region.
The artist and his father c. early 1930s
His style is very much like his father's, avoiding the use of a keyblock to outline color areas and using bright colors set in broad color planes. After his time in Europe in the early 1970s, his choice of colors became his own, differentiating his work, along with his choice of subject matter, from his father's. While creating over a thousand prints in his lifetime, he also meticulously cataloged his father's print output of nearly one thousand prints.
Kwansei Gakuin University and Kobe City
A museum member visit to the artist's atelier in November 2011
Kawanishi Yūzaburō passed away at the age of 90 on December 5, 2014 at a Kobe City hospital.
Prints in Collection
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