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Shuho Yamakawa
Showa Printmaking and Painting
Japanese, (1898–1944)
Shuho Yamakawa was born in Kyoto. His teacher was Kiyokata Kaburagi. In his teacher's studio he learned painting and printmaking. Other fellow students of his were Hasui Kawase, Ito Shinsui and Torii Kotondo.

Like his friends Ito Shinsui and Torii Kotondo, Shuho Yamakawa specialized in images of beautiful women. Compared to his fellow artists, his style was a bit more retrograde. Some of the woodblock prints were published by the famous shin hanga publisher Watanabe Shozaburo.

It is a pity that Shuho Yamakawa died at an early age. Thus he could not experience the post-war years, for after 1950 there was quite a commercial boom in shin hanga prints.

Apart from woodblock prints, the artist was also active as an illustrator and as a painter. In his early years he produced kuchi-e lithographs. Noteable is also a series of woodblock prints of traditional Japanese dancers from the late 1930s.

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