Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Gyou

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Gyou by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Gyou

Series; One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjuro IX

One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjuro IX - In 1893, Kunichika was commissioned to create the series "One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjuro IX," depicting the kabuki star in his most famous roles, including many from classic kabuki dramas. These deluxe prints feature a half-length portrait of Danjuro IX, usually against a solid ground or with gold clouds across the top of the page. The simple backgrounds focus all attention on the expressive figures and colorful costumes. A rectangular inset includes a poem or small image, while the peonies framing the title cartouche are associated with the actor. These lavish images were printed to the highest standards, using expensive techniques and materials such as burnishing, embossing, and mica. The series was finally completed in 1903. This outstanding series is considered one of Kunichika's greatest works, making the subjects wonderful additions to a kabuki collection or for a collector of Kunichika prints.

Special detail - Extensive burnishing on the black kimono, embossing on the red under robe, embossed cherry blossoms and raindrops on the light gray sky, mica on the light gray sky.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 3/8" + margins as shown

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

Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Gyou by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Gyou by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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