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Watanabe Nobukazu (c.1872-1944)


Biographical Data

Biography

Watanabe Nobukazu 渡辺延一 (c. 1872-1944)

Sources: The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing Company, 2005, p. 497; Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 166 and as footnoted.

Tokyo print designer and painter.  Considered the best student of Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912), who worked in a variety of genres from pictures of beautiful women (biinga) to famous views of modernizing Tokyo
(kaika-e), including depictions of domestic industrial exhibitions, depictions of the emperor and empress, and Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese War prints (senso-e).  He is perhaps best known for his war prints.  During the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), Nobukazu did a considerable number of outstanding triptychs and made his reputation designing battle scenes on land an sea.1 He also produced lithographs.  Original name: Shimada Jiro.  Other gagō (art or studio name): Yōsai Nobukazu 楊斎延一 and Yōsai 楊斎

Waseda University Library's database also shows his name written
as Utagawa Nobukazu 歌川延一, which puts him in the Utagawa school lineage and is consistent with his training with Chikanobu.2

1
The Sino-Japanese War, Nathan Chaikin, self-published, 1983, p. 37
2 http://www.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kotenseki/search.php

Signatures Attributed to Nobukazu



Yōsai Nobukazu hitsu (by brush of) with Yōsai seal, 1893
 
Yōsai Nobukazu hitsu with Yōsai seal,
c.1890s

  ōju Nobukazo ga with Yōsai seal, 1900
IHL Cat. #259

Yōsai Nobukazu, 1897
 
Nobukazu ga,
c. 1890s
 
Yōsai Nobukazu ga,
1894




 Yōsai Nobukazu hitsu, 1894

IHL Cat. #157

 
  ōju Yōsai Nobukazu ga, 1894

Nobukazu hitsu
with Toshidama seal, 1889


sai Nobukazu hitsu with Toshidama seal, 1891


Yoshu Nobukazu hitsu with Toshidama seal, 1894


ōju Yōsai Nobukazu ga with Toshidama seal, c. 1894-95

 
 Nobukazu ga
with Y
ōsai seal

 
Yōsai Nobukazu
with Toshidama seal

 
ōju Yōsai Nobukazu ga
with Y
ōsai seal, 1895

ōju Yōsai Nobukazu hitsu with Yōsai Nobukazu no in seal, 1894
 
ōju Yōsai with Yōsai seal