Three Farm Women
Born into a Kyoto family of artists, the Inagaki brothers, Toshijirō and Chūsei, exemplify the variety within twentieth-century Japanese art. Chūsei, the elder, born in 1897, was part of the avant-garde. He attracted critical controversy with erotic imagery in a style that blended Japanese and western techniques. Five years younger, Toshijirō trained in traditional media and techniques at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts, from which he made a career designing for major department stores, including the famous Mitsukoshi in Tokyo. In 1922, Toshijiro returned to Kyoto, where he directed the yuzen dyeing section of the Matsuzakaya Department store, a position he held until 1931, when he left to work independently on designs and technology for textile dyeing. Inagaki became a respected designer of stencil patterns for fine kimonos. In the post-war period, Inagaki’s mastery of traditional media earned him a professorship at the Kyoto Municipal Fine Arts College. He founded the New Takumi Arts and Crafts association with Kenkichi Tomimoto and was appointed to the Japanese Crafts Council.
Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Gift of William E. Harkins
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Woodblock print; 9-7/8 x 12-7/8 in. (25.2 x 32.6 cm)