Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from the Higashiyama Storybook, 1884
From Fuji Arts' Winter Exhibition of Chikanobu
Scene from the Higashiyama Storybook, 1884 - Poignant scene from the kabuki play commonly known as "The Higashiyama Storybook," based on a true story, showing Kiuchi Sogo leaving his family during a snowstorm. A local mayor, he petitioned the shogun directly for tax relief for his town, bypassing the crooked governor Hotta Masanobu. Facing execution for this illegal act, he left his family. His wife and children watch from the window of their home as he turns for a last look over his shoulder, his straw hat already covered with snow. His wife holds a small child in her arms as two young boys look out the window, one perched on the window sill, the other waving goodbye. A snowy winter landscape makes a lovely setting for this tender parting. From left to right, the major actors are Ichikawa Danjuro IX, Kawarazaki Kunitaro, and Ichikawa [?]. A charming and touching subject with soft shading in the water.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three panels backed with paper, center and right panels attached. Slight toning and soiling, a few stains. Please see photos for details.