Sawamura Tossho as Shichiro, 1873

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Sawamura Tossho as Shichiro, 1873 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sawamura Tossho as Shichiro, 1873

Ishikawa Toraji - Born in Kochi, Ishikawa Toraji earned fame for his Western-style paintings. He founded an association of Western-style painters in 1902, and traveled throughout the United States and Europe. He created a number of woodblock prints, most notably a 1934 shin-hanga series titled "Ten Nudes." The majority of his works were landscapes, however. His lively and colorful designs are prized by modern collectors.

Comments - Interesting kabuki portrait of Sawamura Tossho as the samurai Shichiro, standing outside a daimyo's mansion in winter. He leans forward with an angry scowl, his brows furrowed, one hand on his sword and the other holding an umbrella. He wears a gray dotted kamishimo over a blue kimono with a burnished pattern and plaid inserts. The geometric patterns on the wall behind the figure add graphic interest. A handsome design, nicely detailed.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Small thinning spot, repaired. Slight creasing, light smudge at edge, a few small spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Sawamura Tossho as Shichiro, 1873 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Sawamura Tossho as Shichiro, 1873 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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