Sharaku - Not much is known about the woodblock print artist Toshusai Sharaku, who specialized in kabuki portraits. His career spanned only ten months from 1794 to 1795, with around 150 prints known. Unlike his contemporaries, Sharaku did not idealize his subjects, instead creating realistic portrayals that were not always flattering, and his prints were not a popular success at the time. His best works convey a rare perceptivity, with a psychological insight and a deep understanding of the dramatic nature of the roles and the actors he depicted. Sharaku left behind a body of masterworks of ukiyo-e kabuki portraiture that remained unrecognized until a century after his death.
Comments - Classic Sharaku image of the actor Ichimatsu III as the beauty O-Nayo holding a fan. Lovely soft colors in the kimono and a beautiful gray background dusted with mica.
Artist - Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)
Image Size - 14 7/8" x 10 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.