Arashi Tomisaburo II as the Heavenly Woman of Itsukushima, 1828

by Ashiyuki (active circa 1813 - 1831)

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Arashi Tomisaburo II as the Heavenly Woman of Itsukushima, 1828 by Ashiyuki (active circa 1813 - 1831)

Original Ashiyuki (active circa 1813 - 1831) Japanese Woodblock Print
Arashi Tomisaburo II as the Heavenly Woman of Itsukushima, 1828

Osaka Prints - Produced in the Kansai region, including Osaka and Kyoto, Osaka prints or kamigata-e are instantly distinguishable from typical Edo ukiyo-e. A major difference is the choice of subject matter. Osaka prints were nearly always portraits of actors or kabuki scenes. In contrast, Edo print subjects included beauties, landscapes, nature scenes, warriors, and historic events, in addition to kabuki.

Distinctly different artistic styles also emerged in Edo and Osaka in the 18th and 19th century, resulting in certain recognizable characteristics for each area. Osaka prints feature more subtle, serious figures, reflecting the wagoto or soft style of acting prevalent in the area, along with distinctive facial expressions. The aragato or brash manner of acting popular in Edo influenced print designs towards bolder images of heroism and military prowess.

Much like the style of the prints, the demand for ukiyo-e in the cities of Osaka and Edo also varied. Osaka produced far fewer ukiyo-e designs than Edo did. As a consequence, Osaka prints are rarer and also some of the highest quality prints made in the 19th century, with many featuring deluxe techniques such as burnishing or embossing. Osaka prints are a rare and wonderful collecting area of Japanese woodblocks.

Comments - Terrific kabuki scene of Arashi Tomisaburo II as the Heavenly Woman of Itsukushima in the play "Keisei Suo no Dairi." She rises up above the undulating waves on a jet of water, looking to the side with an angry expression. She wears an elegant robe with a dragon on it, trimmed with layers of ruffles, and a fantastic headdress topped with a torii gate and a dragon. At upper left, a sleeping baby in a basket hangs from a branch of a blossoming cherry tree. Includes faint embossing on the blossoms. A fascinating design with wonderful detail, in the full oban size rarely seen in Osaka kabuki prints.

Artist - Ashiyuki (active circa 1813 - 1831)

Image Size - 14 5/8" x 10 1/8" + left margin as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top corners. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Arashi Tomisaburo II as the Heavenly Woman of Itsukushima, 1828 by Ashiyuki (active circa 1813 - 1831)
Arashi Tomisaburo II as the Heavenly Woman of Itsukushima, 1828 by Ashiyuki (active circa 1813 - 1831)

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