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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

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


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

Sakaki (chapter 10) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Sakaki (chapter 10) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2447

Hanachirusato (chapter 11) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Hanachirusato (chapter 11) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2452


Miotsukushi (chapter 14) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Miotsukushi (chapter 14) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953
IHL Cat. #2445

Usu-gumo (chapter 19) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Usu-gumo (chapter 19) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2441

Butterfly (chapter 24) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Butterfly (chapter 24) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953
 
IHL Cat. #2443


The Fireflies (chapter 25) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
The Fireflies (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
Bonfire (chapter 27) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2448

The Imperial Visit (chapter 29) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints 
The Imperial Visit (chapter 29) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2442


Young Fresh Greens, Part 1 (chapter 34) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Young Fresh Greens, Part 1 (chapter 34) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953
IHL Cat. #2451

Hashi-Hime (chapter 45) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Hashi-Hime (chapter 45) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2456
 
Shigamoto (chapter 46) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Shigamoto (chapter 46) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2454


Agemaki (chapter 47) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Agemaki (chapter 47) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, 1953

IHL Cat. #2440
 
Azumaya (chapter 50) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
Azumaya (chapter 50) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari
in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints, c. 1953

IHL Cat. #2446
 
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.
  

last revision:
3/22/2021 created
Subpages (18): Agemaki (chapter 47) 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 Autumn Celebration (chapter 7) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints Azumaya (chapter 50) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints Bonfire (chapter 27) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints Butterfly (chapter 24) 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 Hanachirusato (chapter 11) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints Hashi-Hime (chapter 45) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints Miotsukushi (chapter 14) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints Sakaki (chapter 10) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints Shigamoto (chapter 46) 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 The Fireflies (chapter 25) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints The Imperial Visit (chapter 29) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints Usu-gumo (chapter 19) 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 Young Fresh Greens, Part 1 (chapter 34) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
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