by Sofu Matsuno (1899 - 1963)
Series; Twelve Months of Noh Pictures
Twelve Months of Noh Pictures - Handsome design from a series featuring characters from different Noh plays for the twelve months of the year. Published by Unsodo in 1970, this series features six illustrations by Sofu Matsuno and six by his son, Hideyo Matsuno. Sofu Matsuno studied with Tsuikoika Kogyo, who was known for his wonderful portrayals of Noh plays. Kogyo died before the completion of his last series, "Noga taikan," and Sofu Matsuno designed 24 prints to finish the fifth and final volume of the series. These attractive and colorful images capture the elegant costumes and masks of Noh theater, with performers in stately and dignified poses. A great choice for a collector interested in Noh theater.
Special detail - A "shojo" is a red-faced, red-haired sprite or elf who emerges from the sea to drink sake and dance about drunkenly. In the play, the shojo dances for a sake merchant, and honors the man by blessing his sake vat so that it will never run dry.
Artist - Sofu Matsuno (1899 - 1963)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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