One Hundred Roles of Baiko - In 1893, Kunichika was commissioned to create the series "One Hundred Roles of Baiko," chronicling the diverse characters played by the famous actor Onoe Kikugoro V, whose pen name was "Baiko." These fantastic prints feature a large portrait of Kikugoro V in one of his major roles, along with a small scene showing a supporting actor from the same play. These exquisite images were printed to the highest standards, using expensive techniques and materials such as burnishing, embossing, and mica. Beautifully drawn and composed, each print demonstrates Kunichika's skill in creating expressive characters, bringing each role to life on the page. A great choice for a kabuki enthusiast or Kunichika collector.
Collection Note from Bill - From a select collection of the best designs from the series. I just purchased this nice group from a collector who focused on the preferred designs from the Baiko series. This is a nice opportunity if you’re looking for these difficult to come by subjects.
Special detail - Burnishing on the woman's black kimono collar, metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on the hairpin.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical fold at side. Small tear at edge, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a couple spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.