Iwata Sentaro - Born in Tokyo, Iwata Sentaro studied with the famous shin hanga artist Ito Shinsui, and is best known for his portraits of beautiful women done after WWII. His attractive designs of contemporary beauties feature graceful flowing line work and striking compositions, creating a modern interpretation of the traditional Japanese bijin genre. Many feature delicate bokashi shading, such as a soft pink flush on the cheeks or eyes, or subtle shadows along the neck to add depth and definition. Some are posed portraits, but others capture the women seemingly unaware during quiet, reflective moments, offering an intimate glimpse at their world. A great choice for a collector of contemporary woodblocks, these lovely prints would also make wonderful framed displays.
Cool Breeze, 1976 - This lovely portrait of a beauty holding a fan with a kabuki actor on it comes from series called "Shirabai" (White Plum), which the Asahi Newspaper Company distributed in 1976 shortly after the artist's death. A number of famous publishers collaborated on the series, including Watanabe, Kato Junji, and Adachi. Beautifully colored and printed, this attractive design comes with the original folder as issued by the publisher. This limited edition series is rarely seen on the market.
Publisher - Watanabe
Artist - Iwata Sentaro (1901 - 1974)
Image Size - 15 1/2" x 11" + margins as shown; folder 20 1/4" x 14 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Print attached at right edge to folder. Slight toning, very small spot. Please see photos for details. Good overall.