Onoe Kikugoro VI as Omatsuri Sashichi, 1931 - Terrific kabuki portrait of Onoe Kikugoro VI as the fireman Omatsuri Sashichi, who ends up murdering his lover, the beautiful geisha Koito. He stares over his shoulder with a troubled expression, frowning with a look of disdain. He wears a short blue jacket patterned with flowers over blue pants, a dotted towel draped over his shoulder. A low bench at right is covered with a red cloth, and two small inset squares above show a green print and an image of a red paper lantern blowing in the breeze. A handsome, expressive figure with fine bokashi shading in the background and swirling baren marks near the bottom. This image comes from a series of fifteen prints supplementing Shunsen's slightly earlier series of "Creative Prints, Collected Portraits of Shunsen."
Publisher - Watanabe, with Watanabe-ko seal in gray at lower right
Signed - "Shunsen" seal in subject, with artist's red stamp of approval in lower right corner
Artist - Natori Shunsen (1886 - 1960)
Image Size - 14 7/8" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few faint creases. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.