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Hasegawa Sadanobu III (Konobu III) (1881-1963)

Prints in Collection

Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2, 1925


Sukeroku from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Sukeroku
IHL Cat. #1434
 
Seitaka Dōji from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Seitaka Dōji
IHL Cat. #1435

 
Kagekiyo from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Kagekiyo
IHL
 Cat. #1436


Kitsune Tadanobu from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Kitsune Tadanobu
IHL Cat. #1437

Kaidomaru from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Kaidomaru
IHL Cat. #1438
 
Shibaraku from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Shibaraku
IHL Cat. #1439

 
Ōwashi Bungo from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Ōwashi Bungo
IHL Cat. #1440

Sekibei from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Sekibei
IHL Cat. #1441
 

Oiwa from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Oiwa
IHL Cat. #1442
 


Modoribashi from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Modoribashi
IHL Cat. #1442  


Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza, 1926-1927

Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Kanadehon Chūshingura Act 5 from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Bunraku Theater Stage Set for
Kanadehon Chūshingura Act V, 1926

IHL Cat. #1659
 
Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Kamakura Sandaiki from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
IHL Cat. #1658


Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cheery Trees (Michiyuki Dance Scene) from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Bunraku Theater Stage Set for
Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cheery Trees (Michiyuki Dance Scene), 1926
IHL Cat. #1657



Biographical Data

Biography

Hasegawa Sadanobu III 代 長谷川貞信 (1881-1963) [Konobu III 代 信] 

Sources: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 28; The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing Company, 2005, p. 439; website of Osaka Prints http://www.osakaprints.com/content/information/artist_bios/biographies/bio_sadanobu2nd.htm

The third of six generations of blood descendants of Hasegawa Sadanobu I 長谷川貞信 (1809-1879), Hasegawa Sadanobu III was born in Osaka with the given name of Nobutarō.  He studied with his father Hasegawa Sadanobu II (1848-1940), who used the gō (art name) Konobu 小信 (making him Konobu I).   A younger brother of Sadanobu II, who lived until the age of twenty, used the gō  Konobu II, making Hasegawa Sadanobu III, Konobu III, when he took this name as his gō.  Konobu III's specialties were prints related to the kabuki and bunraku (puppet) theaters and historical prints. 

In 1925 he designed thirty prints (divided into 3 collections) showing various types of kumadori or stylized makeup used in kabuki.  In 1926/1927 he created a series of forty-eight prints depicting the stage set and main characters (in the form of puppets) of ten bunraku plays.  The series was titled Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza 大阪文楽座人形画集 日本名物 and contained twelve sections, one for each play.  The first edition of this collection of prints was jointly issued by the publishers Bijutsusha 美術社 in Tokyo and Hangakai hanmoto 版画会板元 in Kyoto.  At an unknown later date Uchida Publishing obtained the blocks and re-issued the prints depicting puppets.

As a warning, due to the overlapping active years of Sadanobu II and III and Sadanobu III and IV, work bearing the Konobu signature is often miss-attributed. 

For a sampling of the work of the first three generations of Sadanobus, see http://kul01.lib.kansai-u.ac.jp/library/etenji/hasegawa/teishin-top.html, which, hopefully, has correctly attributed all the work displayed.


Sample Signatures and Seals of the Artist

Konobu signature and seal
三世
Konobu signature and 三世信 
3rd generation Konobu seal
Konobu signature and だのぶ  
Konobu seal 
Konobu signature and seal
Konobu signature and seal
 
Konobu signature and seal
 
Konobu signature and seal
Konobu ga signature and seal




Subpages (16): Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Kamakura Sandaiki from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Kanadehon Chūshingura Act 5 from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza Bunraku Theater Stage Set for the Scene Tearing the Carriage Apart in Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami [Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy] from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cheery Trees (Michiyuki Dance Scene) from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza Hisamatsu and Kyūsaku in Shinpan Utazaimon: Osome Hisamatsu from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza Kagekiyo from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2 Kaidomaru from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2 Kitsune Tadanobu from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2 Modoribashi from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2 Oiwa from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2 Ōwashi Bungo from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2 Seitaka Dōji from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2 Sekibei from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2 Shibaraku from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2 Sukeroku from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2 Tenko (The Drum from Heaven) from an untitled series
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