Matsuda Seifū 松田青風 (1892-1941)
Note: This brief biography corrects information in the artist's bio appearing in the original myjapanesehanga site.
While Kendall Brown in Shin-Hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan gives Matsuda's dates of existence as 1880-19781 and the National Library of Australia provides the dates 1896/7-19432, Enpaku (The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum) and the Library of Congress3 dates his existence from 1892 to 1941, the dates I have relied on. While little information is readily available on the artist, The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum and several other sources write that Matsuda was a disciple of the master nihonga artist Kaburaki Kiyokata 鏑木清方 (1878-1972) and that around 1914 he could be found sketching in theater dressing rooms.4 We know that Matsuda created a number of small prints of kabuki actors (nigao-e) for the 1915 art magazine, Shin Nigao (a number of which are part of this collection) and he is also credited with the design of a series of actor prints in chūban format around that same time, examples of which are shown below. In the collection of Enpaku are a number of volumes created by the artist of sketches of wigs used in kabuki, also shown below.5