Mimasu Tokujiro as Umegawa and Matsumoto Koshiro IV as Chubei

by Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)

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Mimasu Tokujiro as Umegawa and Matsumoto Koshiro IV as Chubei by Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)

Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Mimasu Tokujiro as Umegawa and Matsumoto Koshiro IV as Chubei

A Special 1938 Takamizawa Group - Founded in 1911, the Takamizawa Publisher of Tokyo has published some of the finest reprints of classic ukiyo-e designs. Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the company produced reprints with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color, line work and even wood grain detail. Published in 1938, this handsome reprint group features designs by master artists such as Utamaro, Kiyonaga, Eishi, Hokusai, Hiroshige, Sharaku, and others. Each features a Takamizawa publisher seal on the  reverse. A great opportunity to acquire a high quality reprint of a famous Edo era subject.

Comments - Interesting kabuki print showing the actors Mimasu Tokujiro as Umegawa and Matsumoto Koshiro IV in the role of Chubei from the play "Koibikyaku Yamato Orai" (Love's Messenger on the Yamato Road). Chubei stands holding an umbrella, looking sadly down at his lover Umegawa, the couple facing death after eloping. Singers chant in the background, accompanied by a shamisen player. This type of print where the accompanists are visible to the audience is known as a "denagatari" depiction. A fine choice for a kabuki enthusiast.

Artist - Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 1/4"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. Some prints have a few light creases at edges or a few small spots. Please see photos for details. Generally in good condition overall.

Mimasu Tokujiro as Umegawa and Matsumoto Koshiro IV as Chubei by Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)
Mimasu Tokujiro as Umegawa and Matsumoto Koshiro IV as Chubei by Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)