Sawamura Sojuro III as Ogishi Kurando

by Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)

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Sawamura Sojuro III as Ogishi Kurando by Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)

Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Sawamura Sojuro III as Ogishi Kurando

Sharaku - Not much is known about the woodblock print artist Toshusai Sharaku, who specialized in kabuki portraits. His career spanned only ten months from 1794 to 1795, with around 150 prints known. Unlike his contemporaries, Sharaku did not idealize his subjects, instead creating realistic portrayals that were not always flattering, and his prints were not a popular success at the time. His best works convey a rare perceptivity, with a psychological insight and a deep understanding of the dramatic nature of the roles and the actors he depicted. Sharaku left behind a body of masterworks of ukiyo-e kabuki portraiture that remained unrecognized until a century after his death.

Oedo Mokuhansha - These classic designs were produced by the well known Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha amidst a resurgence of interest in ukiyo-e in the early 1950s. Like many of these traditional businesses, the woodblock print craft was passed down through generations, and the Oedo Mokuhansha company was formed by descendents of an Edo era publisher. These are nice prints of the highest quality standards and an excellent choice if you are looking for fine old woodblock reprints.

Comments - Wonderful Sharaku portrait of the actor Sawamura Sojuro III in the role of Ogishi Kurando in the play "Hana Ayame Bunroku Soga." He looks ahead stoically over a large golden fan, his eyes wide and eyebrows raised, lips tightly pursed, giving him a concerned expression. He wears a soft rose kimono with a pale tan collar, his shaven head and chin shaded in the same pale tan tone. The swirling pattern on the fan adds a sense of movement that contrasts with the quietness of the figure. A handsome design with an attractive distressed mica background.

Artist - Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)

Image Size - 14 3/4" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Mica dust in margins, a few creases. Most prints have one or two drying holes in corners. A couple have slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Generally in good condition overall.

Sawamura Sojuro III as Ogishi Kurando by Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)
Sawamura Sojuro III as Ogishi Kurando by Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)