Maekawa Senpan 前川千帆 (1888-1960)
Note : "Senpan" is sometimes seen romanized as "Sempan"
Sources: Modern Japanese Prints – An Art Reborn, Oliver Statler, Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1956, p. 45; Japanese Wood-block Prints, Shizuya Fujikake, Japan Travel Bureau, 1949, p. 146-147; Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 84 and as footnoted.
He participated in many major group series, such as One Hundred New Views of Tokyo (twelve prints) and One Hundred New Views of Japan, part of which he was in charge of printing. Major print works of his own design were the portfolio Karuizawa from Nihon fukei hanga (1939), the five albums of Yokusen fu (Hot Springs, 1941-59) and an extended series of small woodblock books called Kanchu kanbon (Leisure Time Leisure Books, 1945-60). He exhibited first abroad at the São Paolo Biennale in 1953. He achieved Western recognition through inclusion in Oliver Statler's Modern Japanese Prints: An Art Reborn (1956) and James Michener's portfolio and book The Modern Japanese Print. An Appreciation (1962). He "was one of the great personalities of twentieth-century Japanese prints, a man of notable independence, and a political radical, yet a staunch traditionalist and supporter of Japanese folk life and customs."3
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