Actors with Poems - Terrific kabuki print from an untitled series by Toyokuni III dating from 1861 to 1864. Each print features a half-length portrait of a popular actor in an imagined role, accompanied by a poem in a wood grain cartouche. Gengyo Miyagi designed most of the attractive landscape backgrounds. Dating from the last years of his life, these images demonstrate Toyokuni III's skill in creating expressive and finely nuanced portraits. Many feature deluxe printing techniques, such as burnishing or embossing, including delicate allover cloth embossing in the backgrounds. A fine actor series by the artist, and a wonderful choice for the kabuki enthusiast.
Special detail - Burnished floral pattern on the violet vest and mauve kimono, burnished geometric pattern on the light blue under robe, embossing on the white kimono trim.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 9 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Vertical fold. Losses at corners, tear and thinning at edges, repaired. A few creases, staining at corners. Please see photos for details.
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