Toyokuni III Utagawa, Kabuki Play, Nagoya Sanza, Traditional Theatre

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Toyokuni III Utagawa (1786-1864)
Title: Kabuki play, Nagoya Sanza
Publisher: Iseya Kanekichi
Date: 1864
Size: (L)34.8 x 23.9 (C)34.6 x 24 (R)34.8 23.9 cm
Condition: Trimmed, light wear and soiling, paper residue on the back.

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. From 1830 he continued the development of the Utagawa school, and from 1844 onwards signed his works Toyokuni III.

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Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Toyokuni III Utagawa (Kunisada I)
Title Kabuki play, Nagoya Sanza
Subject Kabuki
Dimensions (L)34.8 x 23.9 (C)34.6 x 24 (R)34.8 23.9 cm
Condition Report Trimmed, light wear and soiling, paper residue on the back.