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Sakamoto Isamu (b. 1931)

Prints in Collection

Temple, 1969
IHL Cat. #546
Fields at Sunset, 1969
IHL Cat. #547

Biographical Data


Sakamoto Isamu 坂本勇 (b. 1931)
Source: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Merritt, Helen and Nanako Yamada, University of Hawaii Press: Honolulu, 1992 p. 130-131 and various web sources.
Born in 1931 in Fukushima prefecture, Sakamoto graduated in 1961 from Musashino College of Fine Arts Junior College.  He was a member of Nippankai (Japan Print Association; also known as Nihon Hangakai) from 1965 and Shin Seiki Bijutsu Kyokai (New Century Fine Art Association, founded by oil painters in 1955) from 1966.  His prints, often featuring landscapes and traditional buildings, include Heart of Japan (Nihon no kokoro) and Four Seasons in Fukushima (Fukushima shiki).

It may well be that the artist is still active, as his print Kumano Shrine 長床(熊野神社), pictured left, was exhibited in 2010 at the 51st Japan Print Society 日本版画会 exhibition and he is listed as a member of that organization on their website.

Collections (Partial List)

Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; Carnegie Museum of Art

Subpages (2): Fields at Sunset Temple