Comments - Handsome scene of actors offstage enjoying the evening cool at Shijo in Kyoto. Dressed in boldly patterned summer cotton kimono, the men exchange unhappy glances as the fellow at right gestures angrily with his pipe. A beauty stands behind him, smiling sweetly, wearing a kimono with a design of arrow fletches. They are gathered along the rocky shore of the river, with teahouses lining the opposite bank and platforms built out over the water where patrons relax. Beyond the rooftops of the city, low clouds drift before a row of mountains in gray silhouette. The actors in the center panel include Kataoka Ichizo I, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII, and Onoe Shinshichi III. The actors in the right panel include Arashi Kichisaburo III and Nakayama Ichizo I. A terrific design with expressive figures, wonderful detail, and fine bokashi shading.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 29"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds at sides. Losses at edges, a few wormholes, repaired. Slight rubbing, a few creases, staining. Please see photos for details.
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