(1882 - 1961)
Seiu Ito was active/lived in Japan. Seiu Ito is known for painting.
Biography Seiu Ito
Ito Seiu, originally named Ito Hajime, was born in the Asakusa district of
Tokyo and enjoyed a varied artistic education in metalwork, ivory
carving, painting and later sculpture. He started his career as a
newspaper illustrator but is best known as the 'father of bondage
painting', for which he used as a model Sahara Kise who later became his
second wife. He also painted ghostly scenes and other subjects from the
Edo Period, often drawing his inspiration from the work of Tsukioka
He fell foul of government censors during the
1930s and much of his work was destroyed during the Tokyo air raids of
spring 1945. His surviving paintings are rare.
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