Kitamura Ryokuro as O-Tsuta

by Ota Masamitsu (1892 - 1975)

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Kitamura Ryokuro as O-Tsuta by Ota Masamitsu (1892 - 1975)

Original Ota Masamitsu (1892 - 1975) Japanese Woodblock Print
Kitamura Ryokuro as O-Tsuta

Series; Figures of the Showa Stage (Showa Butai Sugata)

Figures of the Showa Stage - Produced in the late 1940s - early 1950s, this twelve print series of famous Showa era actors in character is considered Ota’s masterwork. He had fully developed his personal style when he did this series, and his use of shading and perspective gives the prints a wonderful feeling of depth. The series was produced in a limited edition of 200, with the individual print number embossed in the bottom left margin. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such as embossing or burnishing. Ota prints are a rare find and a terrific opportunity for the collector interested in shin-hanga.

This presentation - This first edition print comes in the original folder as issued by the publisher, with the individual print number within the edition embossed in the margin and stamped on a seal on the reverse of the folder. These folders are often missing so this is a rare opportunity to acquire a terrific shin-hanga kabuki portrait as issued.

Ota Masamitsu - A leading kabuki artist of the later shin-hanga period, Ota Masamitsu is best known for his two print portrait series, "Figures of the Showa Stage" and "Leading Figures of the Modern Stage," published by Banchoro during the late 1940s - early 1950s. In Ota’s works, we see the evolution of the shin-hanga actor print towards more realistic portraiture. His designs incorporate Western style shading and perspective to create a much more three-dimensional image, along with beautifully precise line work and saturated color. Ota Masamitsu's kabuki portraits are comparable to those of the better known Natori Shunsen, but Ota's work remains little known and his woodblocks are rarely seen on the market. His powerful and expressive portraits capture the individual personality of the performer, and are a great choice for a kabuki enthusiast or shin hanga collector.

Publisher - Banchoro yakusha-e no kai (Banchoro's Society for Actor Prints)
Numbered- 101, these first edition prints have an embossed number on the bottom margin giving the number of the print in a release of 200. The individual print number is embossed only - 101, and stamped on the reverse of the folder.

Artist - Ota Masamitsu (1892 - 1975)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent color and detail. Drying holes in left corners. Folded by publisher to fit folder, typically seen with this series.

Kitamura Ryokuro as O-Tsuta by Ota Masamitsu (1892 - 1975)
Kitamura Ryokuro as O-Tsuta by Ota Masamitsu (1892 - 1975)
Kitamura Ryokuro as O-Tsuta by Ota Masamitsu (1892 - 1975)

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