Masamitsu Ota, Akutaro of Ichikawa En'nosukejo II, Aspects of the Showa Stage


Artist: Masamitsu Ota (1892-1975)
Title: No.8 Akutaro of Ichikawa En'nosukejo II
Series: Aspects of the Showa Stage
Publisher: Banchoro Yakusha-e Hanga
Date: 1949
Size: 41.5 x 27.4 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Masamitsu Ota

Ota was one of the masters of the shin hanga movement. His work consisted mostly of kabuki actor prints that emphasized the individual personality of the actors, showcased through rich colours and exquisite patterns of complex design. Ota had a lifelong involvement with kabuki theatre, illustrating volumes on major kabuki plays and famous kabuki costumes. His two most important set of actor prints, Showa Butai Sugata (1950) and Gendai Butai Geika (1955) were published by the Banchoro studio. These sets, of twelve prints each, exhibit a very high level of realism, achieved through the use of western techniques of perspective and through beautiful shading (bokashi) and attention to detail.

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Print FormatDai-Oban
ArtistMasamitsu Ota
SubjectKabuki Theatre, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Dimensions41.5 x 27.4 cm
Condition ReportLight fold mark on the margin.