Subject:Japanese Woodblock Artist I.D. Assistance
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Feb 09, 2011 IP: 220.127.116.11
I evaluated Asian antiques recently at an appraisal event for a charitable organization in my city. Among other leftovers, I promised to continue efforts to identify the artist's signature on this woodblock print (details downloaded herewith) with a date of Showa 12 (1937) in its margin.
In the inset beside the cursive signature and red seal, I've included the apparent name of the artist in standard kanji, which I picked up from the box beneath the date. The first character definitely is part of the name, but I'm less certain about the second. In any event, when I ran both of them through an online Japanese dictionary, I came up with the name 'Hideo'. As usual, there are other possible transcriptions.
Nothing conclusive came of my web search. Works by Hideo Hagiwara are similar in style, but he apparently doesn't sign them in the same manner as this print.
Thanks for all indulgences,