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Senpan Maekawa

Full name: Senpan Maekawa
Original name: 前川 千帆
Other name(s): Jūzaburō Ishida, 石田重三郎
Gender: Male
Born: October 5, 1888 in Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Died: November 17, 1960 in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Art Competitions

Biography

Print artist Senpan Maekawa was one of the great personalities of 20th century Japan, a man of notable independence, and a political radical, yet a staunch traditionalist and supporter of Japanese folk life and customs. He was a typical member of the Sosaku Hanga movement, working as a cartoonist and illustrator up to the Pacific War and working for a variety of societies, exhibitions and magazines. The majority of his works were destroyed by a bombing raid over Tokyo during World War II. After the War he benefited from the new-found American enthusiasm for the movement’s prints and by 1953 was able to devote himself entirely to them.

Maekawa was born as Jūzaburō Ishida, but when his father died he adopted the surname of his maternal relatives, and later changed his given name to Senpan. He studied at the Kansai Bijutsuin, starting in 1905, and moved to Tokyo in 1911 where he began a long career as a cartoonist for the magazine Tokyo Puck. In Tokyo he was inspired by Kunzo Minami to take up self-carved woodblock printing, which he taught himself over a long period. Maekawa was an active member of the Japanese (Creative) Print Society from 1931-60. He died from cardiac causes after gastric surgery in a Tokyo hospital.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 43 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event Japan JPN AC
1936 Summer 47 Berlin Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event Japan JPN AC

Mixed Painting, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1932 Summer 43 Los Angeles Art Competitions Japan Final Standings AC Rugby
1936 Summer 47 Berlin Art Competitions Japan Final Standings AC Weitsprung
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