Tomoo Inagaki (1902-1980, Japanese)

Tomoo Inagaki cat artistTomoo Inagaki (1902-1980, Japanese) was an important Sosaku Hanga  woodprint artist who specialized in  landscapes and cats. Originally a worker in a steel company, Inagaki was a self- taught artist. He held his first exhibition in 1924, and in 1932 he became a member of the Nihon Hanga Kōkai (Japan Print Association). To make ends meet, Inagaki worked as a teacher at the Commercial Artists Association School from 1930-1951 and then moved to the Japan Advertising Art School. Inagaki’s art was popular after WWII, and he was invited to exhibitions in Paris, Tokyo and Lugano.

Inagaki is best known for his modernistic and stylized prints of cats which he began producing in 1951.  Inagaki’s cats are simple and semi-abstract and are almost always are done in grey, black or brown colors.  His cat subjects are found displaying almost every cat pose and behavior. Obviously a cat lover himself, he was able to observe these feline behaviors in his own cats.

In discussing his work in 1956, the artist revealed, “I like some qualities and reject others in Matisse and Picasso, but, above all, I was influenced by Onchi and Hiratsuka.”

Tomoo Inagaki died of a brain tumor in May, 1980.

 

Black Cat 2, Inagaki Tomoo

Black Cat 2

 

 

Black Cat at Dusk, Tomoo Inagaki

Black Cat at Dusk

 

 

Black Cat with Orange Background, Inagaki Tomoo

Black Cat with Orange Background

 

 

Cat and Camellia, Tomoo Inagaki

Cat and Camellia

 

 

Cat and Christmas Tree, Tomoo

Cat and Christmas Tree

 

 

Cat and Kittens, Tomoo Inagaki

Cat and Kittens

 

 

Cat Friends, Inagaki

Cat Friends

 

 

Cat in Bush, Inagaki

Cat in Bush

 

 

Cat in the Moonlight, Tomoo

Cat in the Moonlight

 

 

Cat Love, Inagaki

Cat Love

 

 

Cat Parade, Tomoo

Cat Parade

 

 

Cat Walking, Tomoo Inagaki

Cat Walking

 

 

Cat with Pendant, Tomo

Cat with Pendant

 

 

Cats at Dawn, Tomo

Cats at Dawn

 

 

Cats Black and White, Inagaki

Cats Black and White

 

 

Cats by Fireplace, Tomoo Inagaki

Cats by Fireplace

 

 

Cat's Makeup, Tomoo Inagaki

Cat’s Makeup

 

 

Chatting Cats, Tomoo

Chatting Cats

 

 

Inagaki Tomoo Cats in Love 1957

Cats in Love 1957

 

 

Long Tailed Cat, Tomoo

Long Tailed Cat

 

 

Portrait of a Cat, Inagaki

Portrait of a Cat

 

 

Sleeping Cat by Tomoo Inagaki (1902 - 1980)

Sleeping Cat

 

 

Stretching Cats, Inagaki

Stretching Cats

 

 

Two Cats

 

 

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