Matsuno Hideyo

Matsuno Hideyo artist sketching the Kagami-ita of the Noh stage Nunakuma Shrine in the city of Fukuyama.


Matsuno Hideyo  松野秀世 (1936-2002)  


One of six siblings and son of the print artist and painter of the Noh theatre Matsuno Sōfū (1899-1963), Hideyo followed in his father's footsteps.  In addition to studying with his father, he attended Tokyo Gakugei Nihon Gakuin (Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, now known as Tokyo University of the Arts), graduating in 1960, and in that same year won first prize at the Japan Art Institute exhibition 日本美術院展.  He is best known for his paintings of stage backdrops kagami-ita for the Kanze Noh theater in Tokyo, the Nagoya Noh Theater (名古屋能楽堂 Nohgaku-do) and the Noh thater at the MOA Museum of Art, Atami, Shizuoka and a series of wall paintings at Itsukushima Shinto shrine.  As far as extant woodblock prints, his only work I am aware of is the 1970 series of prints Twelve Months of Noh Pictures 十二佳月能雅摺 published in 1970 by Unsōdō Publishing.  In this series the publisher used Hideyo's designs and those of his deceased father. 

Hideyo died suddenly in February 2002 from a hemorrhagic stroke.

Oimatsu ("longevity pine"), Noh Theater MOA Museum of Art, Atami, Shizuoka

Oimatsu ("longevity pine"), Nagoya Noh Theater


Announcement of 2012 Exhibition of the work of Matsuno Hideyo at

Matsuno Geibunkan, a small museum dedicated to his and his father's work in

Yotsukaidô in Chiba Prefecture


Artist's Typical Signature



Prints in Collection

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Sumidagawa, undated

hanging scroll

IHL Cat. #2252