Original Shin-hanga & Modern artist (not read) Japanese Woodblock Print
Yanone (The Arrowhead)
Series; The Eighteen Kabuki Plays
The Eighteen Kabuki Plays - Beautiful print from Torii Kiyotada VII's most famous work, "The Eighteen Kabuki Plays," dating to 1895 - 1896. This fantastic series depicts roles from eighteen kabuki plays made famous by the Ichikawa Danjuro line of actors. Working under the artist's name of Tadakiyo, Kiyotada designed the Danjuro roles, and his father, Torii Kiyosada, drew the secondary figures. These dramatic images are beautifully printed with lively color and an allover embossed pattern on the white background. Many feature touches of burnishing or additional embossed details. The bold portraits and striking costumes make these prints graphic masterworks in field of Japanese woodblocks.
The Eighteen Kabuki Plays - Handsome print from a series depicting "The Eighteen Kabuki Plays" (Kabuki juhachiban), in an unusually narrow tanzaku or poem slip format. This attractive series depicts characters from the eighteen kabuki plays made famous by the Ichikawa Danjuro line of actors. These dramatic designs feature expressive figures and striking costumes, with the tightly cropped composition focusing attention on the expressive faces. Each print has a scattering of gold mica flecks on the background, and many include additional mica accents. An interesting format and a nice choice for a collector interested in classic kabuki subjects.
Artist - Shin-hanga & Modern artist (not read)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 2 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Mounted to lightweight board. Most prints have faint horizontal creases near top and bottom from original publisher mounting. Please see photos for details. Generally in nice condition overall.