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Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Prints in Collection

Hahakigi (chapter 2) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Hahakigi (chapter 2) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2457

Utsusemi (chapter 3) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Utsusemi (chapter 3) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2453

Yūgao (chapter 4) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
IHL Cat. #2498


Suetsumu-hana (chapter 6) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Suetsumu-hana (chapter 6) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints. c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2496

Autumn Celebration (chapter 7) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Autumn Celebration (chapter 7) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2449 and #2524

Aoi (chapter 9) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Aoi (chapter 9) from the album
Illustrations for Genji monogatari 
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2450





 


Picture Competition (chapter 17) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
IHL Cat. #2497




The Fireflies (chapter 25) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut PrintsHotaru (chapter 25) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2455
 
Bonfire (chapter 27) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Kagari-bi (chapter 27) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari 
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2448
 
Autumn Gale (chapter 28) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Autumn Gale (chapter 28) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2519



Chinese Agrimony (chapter 30) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Umegae (chapter 32) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
IHL Cat. #2468


Leaves of Wisteria (chapter 33) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Fuji-uraba (chapter 33) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2495
 Young Fresh Greens, Part 1 (chapter 34) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut PrintsWakana, Part 1 (chapter 34) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953
IHL Cat. #2451 and #2522
 The Flute (chapter 37) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
IHL Cat. 2471






Azumaya (chapter 50) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut PrintsA Pavilion (chapter 50) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2446







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Practicing Penmanship (chapter 53) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
IHL Cat. #2521

The Bridge of Dreams (chapter 54) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
The Bridge of Dreams (chapter 54)
from the album
Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2444


Biographical Data

Biography

Ebina Masao  海老名正夫 (1913-1980) 
Sources: Hirano Museum http://www.hirano-museum.jp/ebina-m2.html and Independent Administrative Institution National Institutes for Cultural Heritage https://www.tobunken.go.jp/materials/bukko/10022.html  (viewed 2021-03-23)

The nihonga (Japanese-style) painter Ebina Masao, was born in Kyoto on June 21, 1913. His father, Ebina Chōkō 海老名長紅 (1881-1959), was a nihonga painter who must have encouraged his son's artistic talents as Masao was to attend Kyoto City University of Arts starting in 1933. While in the university's graduate program Masao studied under the nihonga painter Kikuchi Keigetsu (1879-1955). In 1937, while still a graduate student, he received a first prize at the first annual Shin Bunten1 exhibition for his work Sō 爽 (さわやか). Completing graduate school in 1940 he would go on to further acclaim, winning the Kyoto Exhibition Award in 1947 and additional awards from the Nitten2, the successor to the Shin Bunten. 

Upon Keigetsu's death in 1955 he began studying with nihonga painter Uda Tekison 宇田荻邨 (1896-1980) and would participate in the formation of Tekison's painting school in 1956. He would win a Grand Prize at the 1956 Nitten Exhibition and the Nitten Hakuju Prize in 1970. In 1958 he was commissioned to paint the fusuma (sliding doors) during the renovation of the Kogosho (Court Room building) of the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

In 1976 he became a Nitten Kaiyu or member of the Nitten association. Ebina passed away at the age of 66 on January 4, 1980.

Ebina Masao is best remembered for his humanistic portrayal of women, whether rural farmers or Kyoto maiko and for his woodblock print portfolio Illustrations for Genji monogatari In 54 Wood-cut Prints 木版画源氏五十四帖, first issued in 1953. 

Examples of the Artist's Work
Sources: websites of Komorebi Company and Koubidou

Typical Signatures and Seals
 
正夫
Masao
 
正夫 / 正夫
Masao / Masao
 
正夫 / 正夫
Masao / Masao


1 The establishment of the Shin Bunten, the successor to the Teiten (Imperial Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition formed in 1919), in 1936 was a further attempt to bring outlying artists and new styles into the Imperial Academy system, along with figures from the leading independent art groups.
2 After 1945 the Shin Bunten was renamed Nihon bijutsu tenrankai (日本 美術展 覧 会), or Nitten for short, and was no longer state run.
  

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