Scene from Ume Sakura Aioi-zoshi, 1816

by Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825)

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Scene from Ume Sakura Aioi-zoshi, 1816 by Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825)

Original Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Ume Sakura Aioi-zoshi, 1816

Toyokuni I's Kabuki Portraits - The great ukiyo-e master Toyokuni I is best known for his expressive kabuki designs. His portraits were part of a new trend in creating actor images that more closely resembled the real actor as seen on stage, rather than the idealized portraits that predominated the genre earlier. Toyokuni I dominated the field of actor portraits for nearly three decades, creating bold, dynamic images in his own recognizable style.

Comments - Handsome scene from the kabuki play "Ume Sakura Aioi-zoshi" at the Nakamura Theater. At left, Princess Kariya kneels beside a bonsai plum tree, looking up with a strange grin as she bites the tip of her tongue. In the center, the monk Michizane stares back at her with an angry frown, a blossoming plum branch tucked beneath the sleeve folded across his chest. At right, the nobleman Tokihira reacts with alarm as he sits on the steps of a palace, his eyes wide as he watches the monk. From left, the actors are Sawamura Tanosuke II, Onoe Kikugoro III, and Ichikawa Danjuro VII. Great expressive figures in a nicely detailed setting.

Artist - Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825)

Image Size - 14" x 29"

Condition - Good detail. Backed with paper. Small losses at edges, a few holes, repaired. A few creases, vertical folds between panels.

Scene from Ume Sakura Aioi-zoshi, 1816 by Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825)
Scene from Ume Sakura Aioi-zoshi, 1816 by Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825)