Biography Takasawa, Keiichi (1914 - 1984)
Takasawa Keiichi was born in Gunma prefecture in 1914. In 1936 he dropped out of Nihon University school of technology, and subsequently he studied with Fujita Tsugeharu, who strongly influenced him. In 1937 he joined the Army News Department in Shanghai.
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In 1939 he won the Asahi award for one of his paintings. After the war he started making illustrations for women's magazines, and he was the author of A pictorial story of the kimono (1947), and of Women of Japan (1955). He also made woodblock prints, often based on his paintings. In 1974 an 1975 he had two major exhibitions in Paris. In 1977 an important publication on his paintings, Takasawa Keiichi ga shu appeared.