Iku Nagai - Born in Nagano Prefecture in 1930, Iku Nagai studied art and graphic design at Tama Art College. While working as a graphic designer, he created the crane logo formerly used by Japan Airlines. He produced a number of designs for woodblock prints published by Kyoto Hanga-in during the mid-1950s and later, including mythological creatures and beautiful women.
A Fuji Arts Contemporary Exhibition Item - We’re excited to introduce a recently acquired collection of contemporary prints purchased in Japan. We’ll post this collection over the next month as a single exhibition of contemporary designs. We’re looking forward to sharing these beautiful prints all selected with an eye to the modern Japanese aesthetic. Have a look at the group and click on the Contemporary Japanese design link to see the entire collection.
Comments - A beautiful and rare 20th century print designed as a special release for the Tokyo Olympics and published by Kyoto Hanga-in. The Woman Okichi was the story of a beautiful woman, a prostitute, who sacrificed herself to satisfy the lust of a foreigner, thereby facilitating negotiations during the opening of Japan. She is shown in this design resting against a traditional palanquin with the black ship of the foreigners anchored in the harbor. A lovely and beautifully printed design with a silver mica background. Numbered 127.
Publisher - Kyoto Hanga-in
Artist - Iku Nagai (1930 - )
Image Size - 19 1/4" x 13" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few light creases at edges. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.