Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Enemies Meeting in the Yoshiwara, 1885
Comments - Fantastic illustration from a popular kabuki play showing the two arch enemies Nagoya Sanza and Fuwa Banzaemon encountering each other in the Yoshiwara at night, with a beauty trying to intervene between them. Entrusted by his lord with the care of a precious scroll, Sanza was banished from his clan after the scroll was stolen by the evil Banzaemon, who appears at right dressed in a black robe with a bold design of swirling clouds and red lightning bolts. He grips his sword with both hands, ready to fight. At left, Sanza likewise grabs his weapon, wearing a blue kimono patterned with swallows in flight and driving raindrops. The upper stories of the teahouses behind them extend into the distance, framed by a cherry tree set against a dramatic red sky. The actors are Kataoka Gado as Nagoya Sanza, Nakamura Fukusuke as the beauty, and Nakamura Shikan as Fuwa Banzaemon. A terrific image from this famous tale, with a dynamic composition, wonderful detail, and rich color.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 27 1/2" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Horizontal and vertical folds. Small loss at edge, a few small holes, tear in margin, repaired. Creasing. Please see photos for details.