Kunichika Toyohara, Kanjincho, Famous Kabuki Play, Theatre Actors
Artist: Kunichika Toyohara (1835-1900)
Title: Kabuki play, Kanjincho
Publisher: Yamamura Kinzaburo
Date: late 19th century
Size: (L)35.7 x 24.2 (C)35.7 x 24.1 (R)35.7 x 24.2 cm
Condition: Paper residue on the back, light soiling, red pigment spotted on centre panel, minor crease and hole on right panel.
One of the last great masters of ukiyo-e, Kunichika was inspired by the plays, actors and customs of kabuki theatre. His colourful prints are records of a long lost, decadent underworld of Edo. Since the beginning of the Meiji period, he made a large number of triptychs depicting half length portraits of a single actor on a big format and in luxurious style, applying original composition in this new design of dynamic prints. He got acclaimed for this work that improved the quality of half-length portraits and because those prints became known by their innovative composition, he succeeded in obtaining the full supremacy in the field of yakusha-e (actor prints).
His portrayal of human faces have some traces of his previous studies in hagoita style painting and can appear to be cold and hard, depending on the perspective, but it became a feature characteristic of his style.
|Artist Name||Kunichika Toyohara|
|Title||Kabuki play, Kanjincho|
|Dimensions||(L)35.7 x 24.2 (C)35.7 x 24.1 (R)35.7 x 24.2 cm|
|Condition Report||Paper residue on the back, light soiling, red pigment spotted on centre panel, minor crease and hole on right panel.|