Kunisada I Utagawa, Kabuki actor, Ichikawa Danjuro VII, Traditional Theatre

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Kunisada I Utagawa (1786–1864)
Title: Kabuki actor, Ichikawa Danjuro VII as Matsuomaru
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei
Date: 1791-1804
Size: 35.8 x 25.6 cm
Condition: Trimmed, wear and soiled.

Kunisada’s pictures reflect the culture of Japan in the years leading up to the country’s opening to the West. His first book illustrations were published in 1807 and his first actor portrait the following year. Alongside theatrical scenes and courtesans, yakusha-e was his preferred genre amidst all his popular and extensive output. As he painted very many of these, continuing the stout realism of his teacher, he acquired the sobriquet 'Yakusha-e no Kunisada' – Kunisada, the actor painter.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Toyokuni III Utagawa (Kunisada I)
Title Kabuki actor, Ichikawa Danjuro VII as Matsuomaru
Subject Kabuki
Dimensions 35.8 x 25.6 cm
Condition Report Trimmed, wear and soiled.