Fifty Noh Figures in Color - A student of noted artist Tsukioka Kogyo, Sofu Matsuno is known for his Noh woodblock prints. In 1938, he completed the series "Fifty Noh Figures in Color," published by Yokyoku-kai Hakkosho. Each print features a single Noh actor in costume, and is mounted along the top edge to a solid colored backing sheet patterned with the three small pine trees that appear alongside the higashigakari (bridgeway) that leads to the Noh stage. The trees are printed in a dark gold metallic pigment, a deluxe printing technique. Each features a label on the reverse with the title of the play in Japanese. These charming, sketch-like designs have a sense of freshness and immediacy, presented in an attractive decorative format. A nice choice to collect or display.
Artist - Sofu Matsuno (1899 - 1963)
Image Size - Print 7 3/4" x 5 1/2" + margins as shown; backing sheet 12" x 9 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Mounted along top edge to backing sheet. Slight creasing. Backing sheet has light wear, a few creases and slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.
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