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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1927, in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture; died 2001.

Print artist (woodblock).

Kazumi Amano graduated from Takaoka High School of Industrial Art in 1945. In 1950 he studied with Shiko Murakata, a renowned graphic arts master in Japan. After 1968 Amano visited the United States on several occasions and moved there to teach, then settled in New York in ...

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Tadashi Kobayashi

Japanese print designer and book illustrator . He may have been a pupil of the ukiyoe (‘pictures of the floating world’) artist Ishikawa Yukimoto. He is principally known for prints of the following types: hosōban (‘narrow format’, c. 320×150 mm); yakushae (‘pictures of actors’) and bijinga...

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Donald A. Rosenthal

French painter, illustrator and writer. His early training was as a theatrical scene painter and a designer of lithographic illustrations. In Bordeaux he studied with Pierre Lacour (ii) (1778–1859) and worked with Thomas Olivier (1772–1839), chief scene designer at the Grand-Théâtre. He subsequently studied in Paris in the studio of the landscape and history painter ...

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Israeli, 20th century, male.

Active from 1948 active in Israel.

Born 16 December 1908, in Bucharest.

Painter, engraver, poster artist, graphic designer, decorative designer. Designs for tapestries, and stained glass windows.

He was an architecture student at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he later studied painting at the Scandinavian Academy and at the Académie Julian ...

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Tadashi Kobayashi

Japanese printmaker, book illustrator and painter. A central figure in the development of ukiyoe (‘pictures of the floating world’) woodblock printmaking during the mid-Edo (1600–1868) period (see Japan, §X, 3, (iii)), Harunobu’s most important contribution was the introduction of the first ...

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Masato Naitō

Japanese printmaker and book illustrator. He initially studied painting with Kanō Yōsen (1735–1808), the head of the Kobikichō branch of the Kanō school and okaeshi (official painter) to the Tokugawa shogunate. Together with Teisai Hokuba (1771–1844), Hokkei was one of Katsushika Hokusai...

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Joan H. O’Mara

Japanese paintings or woodblock prints depicting famous poets and poetesses often accompanied by the inscription of their names, with or without additional biographical information, and representative verses. By integrating calligraphy, poetry and painting in a single format, kasen’e (‘pictures of poetic immortals’) illustrate well the close interrelationship between these three art forms....

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Japanese, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 1664, in Osaka; died 1729.

Print artist, poster artist.

Torii Kiyonobu was the son of the poster designer Kiyomoto, who had moved with his family to Edo in 1687. He was the real founder of the Torii school after succeeding his father in ...

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Japanese print designer, book illustrator and writer. Together with Kitao Masayoshi (1764–1824) and Kubo Shunman, he was one of Kitao Shigemasa most brilliant students. He made his début in ukiyoe (‘pictures of the floating world’) in 1778 with his illustrations for the kibyōshi...

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Juliann Wolfgram

Japanese print designer, painter, book illustrator and publisher. Although Masanobu’s artistic career spanned six decades, Edo-period (1600–1868) documents reveal little about his life. However, his prolific artistic output and technical innovations make him one of the leading figures of the early history of Japanese woodblock printing and ...

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Japanese, 18th century, male.

Active in Osakac.1760-1780.

Print artist.

Masatsugu was an illustrator and portrait painter who also produced shun-ga (erotic prints).

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Israeli, 20th century, male.

Born 1905, in Poland (formerly Austro-Hungaria); died 1988, in Tel Aviv.

Painter, lithographer, poster artist. Scenes with figures, figures. Stage sets, murals.

Boston (Fine Art Mus.)

Jerusalem (Israel Mus.)

Munich (Stadtmus.)

Ostend (Mus. voor Moderne Kunst)

Salzburg (Rupertinum)

Tel Aviv (MA)...

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Masato Naitō

Japanese print designer and book illustrator. He was unusual among ukiyoe (‘pictures of the floating world’) artists because he was self-taught. His family ran a bookshop, and the young Shigemasa probably learnt his skills from studying illustrations in books sold in the family shop. His first works gained recognition during the late 1750s. Extant early works are ...

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Susumu Matsudaira

Japanese woodblock print designer, book illustrator and painter. Unlike most ukiyoe (‘pictures of the floating world’) artists, who were based in Edo (now Tokyo), Sukenobu lived in the imperial capital Kyoto. He studied painting with Kanō Einō (1631–97), and possibly with Tosa Mitsusuke (...

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Mark H. Sandler

Japanese painter, print designer and book illustrator. One of the finest ukiyoe (‘pictures of the floating world’) printmakers active in the mid-18th century, Toyonobu was born into a samurai family. He may have studied under the printmaker Nishimura Shigenaga (?1697–1756), and many scholars identify him with the artist who styled himself Nishimura Magosaburō (before ...

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Turkish, 20th century, male.

Born 1887, in Aralyk; died 1942, in Vologda.

Painter, engraver, poster artist, graphic designer, watercolourist. Seascapes.

Nikolai Tyrsa studied at the academy of art in St Petersburg from 1905 to 1909 and with Leon Bakst at the E. Zvantseva School from 1907 to 1909...

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German, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 12 December 1872, in Bremen; died 14 June 1942, in Karaghenta (Kazakhstan).

Painter, draughtsman, engraver (etching), illustrator, graphic designer. Portraits, landscapes. Designs for tapestries, ex-libris plates, designs (furniture/jewellery).

Worpswede Artists' Colony.

Heinrich Vogeler was a pupil of Peter J.T. Janssen and de Kampf, at the Kunstakademie of Düsseldorf (1890-1893). He travelled in the Netherlands and in Italy. After a period spent in Paris he settled finally in 1895 at Worpswede, rejoining in this village the painter Fritz Mackensen who discovered the site in 1884, then Otto Modersohn. He bought the farm Berkenhoff where he installed a printing press. Worpswede became in a short time a colony of artists breaking away from academicism, who had great success in exhibitions at Bremen and Munich. He became friends with the poet Rainer Maria Rilke in 1898, who was also staying there. His house at Berkenhoff became a meeting point and a real meeting place of culture for the colony of artists who encountered each other in the studios, among others, Paula Becker and Clara Westhoff, Rilke's future wife (also known under the name of Rilke-Westhoff). In 1908 he founded with his brother a decorative painter and poet, the Studio for development and furnishing in Worpswede (Worpswede Werkstätte) at Tamstedt, near Bremen. In 1914 he enlisted as a volunteer in the army during World War I but ended by declaring himself an objector to war; he was discharged but had to spend some time in a psychiatric hospital in Bremen. Later he became a militant Communist and created a Communist community on his farm which was transformed into a colony for children of the ...

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Wu Hao  

Chinese, 20th century, male.

Born 1931, in Nanjing.

Painter, sculptor, engraver (wood), graphic designer.

Wu Hao was a member of many associations, including the Association of Oriental Painting and the Modern Graphic Society of China among others. He took part in exhibitions in China, Taiwan and Europe, including, notably, the Exhibition of International Artists in Italy, and won many prizes. He often combines western techniques with subjects from Chinese folklore....