by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
From an untitled series of horizontal oban kabuki prints
Horizontal Oban Kabuki Prints by Toyokuni III - Handsome design from an untitled series of horizontal kabuki prints by Toyokuni III dating from 1847 - 1852. The horizontal oban format is an interesting departure from the more commonly seen vertical oban actor prints, allowing Toyokuni III to create detailed settings for the characters. These images provide a nice context for the interaction between the figures. Some prints feature deluxe publishing treatments such as burnishing or embossing. An interesting complement to Toyokuni III's more well-known vertical kabuki designs.
Scene from Umegawa and Chubei, 1847 - 1852 - Handsome illustration of the Ninokuchi Village scene from a kabuki play about the courtesan Umegawa and the courier Chubei, two young lovers who decided to commit suicide rather than be parted after Chubei steals the money to release Umegawa from her contract. Fleeing to Chubei's home village, they stop for shelter, where they encounter Chubei's father, Magoemon. The beauty kneel on the ground, leaning forward with an eager smile, a roll of tissues in her outstretched hand. The older man sits on a rock beside her, frowning as he realizes his fugitive son is waiting inside the house. Chubei's hands are clasped in prayer, sorry for the suffering he has caused. Blossoming plum branches frame a view of the fields and mountains beyond. Nicely detailed with an attractive setting.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 13 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Faint vertical centerfold. A few tiny holes, repaired. Slight toning. Please see photos for details.
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