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Nishimura Shigenaga
Nationality: 
japanese
Gender: 
Male
Birth Date: 
1697
Birth Place: 
Edo
Death Date: 
1756
Painter and innovative printmaker, important teacher to Shigemasa, Toyoharu, Toyonobu, and possibly Harunobu. One of the first to use perspective birdseye views, show partially nude figures, and produce triptychs. Used two and three colors in producing woodblock prints (bridge to Harunobu's full color images beginning in 1764) but also printed from stone blocks. Images included bijinga (beautiful women) but also scenic views and actor prints. Roberts calls him "a wayward genius".