Yanagawa Shigenobu

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Double page print from an illustrated shunga book by Yanagawa Shigenobu. Size: chubon; Colored ink on paper; ca.1820; Private collection
Double page print from an illustrated shunga book by Yanagawa Shigenobu. Size: chubon; Colored ink on paper; ca.1820; Private collection
In this Japanese name, the family name is "Yanagawa".

Yanagawa Shigenobu (柳川 重信?, 1787–1832) was a Japanese painter in the ukiyo-e style. He was active in Edo from the Bunka period onward. His Osaka period dated from 1822 to 1825. In Edo, he resided in Honjo Yanagawa-chō district. He was first the pupil, then son-in-law, and finally adopted son of the Edo master printmaker Katsushika Hokusai. He designed illustrated books, prints, and surimono. In Osaka, he worked with the gifted block cutter and printer Tani Seikō.

Shigenobu focused on theatrical subjects, but some of his best work in Osaka includes a series of deluxe ōban prints depicting geisha in the Shinmachi Nerimono parade in Osaka, and approximately 30 fine surimono on various subjects (at least 18 in collaboration with the Tsuru-ren Crane Group of kyōka poets), with blocks cut and printed by Seikō.

His pupils included Kuninao; Shigeharu; Yanagawa Nobusada (Yokinobu); Shigemasa; Shigemitsu.

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