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.
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. Slight rippling at edge from printing process. A few light creases. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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