Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Shelter from the Rain, Encounters on the Road at New Year, 1855
Comments - Terrific kabuki scene of actors portraying characters from a variety of different plays. They are shown seeking shelter from the rain under an ancient pine tree, the trunk surrounded with a wooden railing, the branches held up with rustic wooden supports. Two itinerant musicians wait in front of the railing, a beauty holding a shamisen with the body protectively wrapped in green print cloth, smiling sweetly as she looks over her shoulder. The man sitting behind her has a drum strapped to his chest, and he grins back up at her. Just to her left, a monkey trainer carries a branch decorated with lucky symbols for the holiday, the monkey peering over his shoulder. At right, a yakko or low-ranking servant kneels holding a pair of sandals and a bow wrapped in green cloth, a young samurai standing beside him at right. The left panel includes Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Iwai Kumesaburo III, and Bando Hikosaburo IV. The center panel shows Arashi Kichisaburo III, Asao Okuyama III, Ichikawa Hirogoro I, and Nakamura Daikichi III. The right panel includes Sawamura Tossho II, Nakamura Tsuruzo I, and Kawarazaki Gonjuro I. A wonderful design with attractively detailed, expressive figures and soft shading in the background.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 29 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds. Crease at edge. Please see photos for details.