Yanagawa Shigenobu

1787 - 1832

Yanagawa Shigenobu was a Japanese artist in the ukiyo-e style. He was active in Edo from the Bunka period onward. His Osaka period dated from 1822 to 1825. In Edo, he resided in Honjo Yanagawa-chō district. He was first the pupil, then son-in-law, and finally adopted son of the Edo master painter Katsushika Hokusai. He designed illustrated books, prints, and surimono. In Osaka, he worked with the gifted block cutter and printer Tani Seikō.
Shigenobu focused on theatrical subjects, but some of his best work in Osaka includes a series of deluxe ōban prints depicting geisha in the Shinmachi Nerimono parade in Osaka, and approximately 30 fine surimono on various subjects, with blocks cut and printed by Seikō.
His pupils included Utagawa Kuninao; Shigeharu; Yanagawa Nobusada; Shigemasa; Shigemitsu.
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