Masamitsu Ota, Moritsuna of Ichikawa Ebizo IX, Aspects of the Showa Stage

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Artist: Masamitsu Ota (1892-1975)
Title: No.2 Moritsuna of Ichikawa Ebizo IX
Series: Aspects of the Showa Stage
Publisher: Banchoro Yakusha-e Hanga
Date: 1945
Size: 28 x 40.8 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

masamitsu ota, No.2 Moritsuna of Ichikawa Ebizo IX, Aspects of the Showa Stage, kabuki theatre
masamitsu ota, No.2 Moritsuna of Ichikawa Ebizo IX, Aspects of the Showa Stage, kabuki theatre masamitsu ota, No.2 Moritsuna of Ichikawa Ebizo IX, Aspects of the Showa Stage, kabuki theatre

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 Format Dai-Oban
Artist Name Masamitsu Ota
Title No.2 Moritsuna of Ichikawa Ebizo IX
Subject Kabuki Theatre, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Dimensions 28 x 40.8 cm
Condition Report Very light discolouration from previous mounting, minor creases on the edges.

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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