Godairiki, Volume 2, 1861

by Hironobu (active circa 1851 -1872)

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Godairiki, Volume 2, 1861 by Hironobu (active circa 1851 -1872)

Original Hironobu (active circa 1851 -1872) Japanese Woodblock Print
Godairiki, Volume 2, 1861

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Osaka Prints - Produced in the Kansai region, including Osaka and Kyoto, Osaka prints or kamigata-e are instantly distinguishable from typical Edo ukiyo-e. A major difference is the choice of subject matter. Osaka prints were nearly always portraits of actors or kabuki scenes. In contrast, Edo print subjects included beauties, landscapes, nature scenes, warriors, and historic events, in addition to kabuki.

Distinctly different artistic styles also emerged in Edo and Osaka in the 18th and 19th century, resulting in certain recognizable characteristics for each area. Osaka prints feature more subtle, serious figures, reflecting the wagoto or soft style of acting prevalent in the area, along with distinctive facial expressions. The aragato or brash manner of acting popular in Edo influenced print designs towards bolder images of heroism and military prowess.

Much like the style of the prints, the demand for ukiyo-e in the cities of Osaka and Edo also varied. Osaka produced far fewer ukiyo-e designs than Edo did. As a consequence, Osaka prints are rarer and also some of the highest quality prints made in the 19th century, with many featuring deluxe techniques such as burnishing or embossing. Osaka prints are a rare and wonderful collecting area of Japanese woodblocks.

Godairiki, Volume 2, 1861 - Special detailFrom left, the roles are the Geiko Kikuno and the samurai Satsuma Gengobei in a scene from the play commonly known as "Godairiki" (The Five Great Powers that Secure Love).

Artist - Hironobu (active circa 1851 -1872)

Image Size - 9 3/4" x 14 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. A few wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.

Godairiki, Volume 2, 1861 by Hironobu (active circa 1851 -1872)
Godairiki, Volume 2, 1861 by Hironobu (active circa 1851 -1872)

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