Iwai Kumesaburo III as Izayoi Osayo, 1859

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Iwai Kumesaburo III as Izayoi Osayo, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Iwai Kumesaburo III as Izayoi Osayo, 1859

Comments - Handsome kabuki portrait of Iwai Kumesaburo III as the beauty Izayoi Osayo in the play "Kosode Soga Azami no Ironui." Known as the courtesan Izayoi, Osayo has an affair with a young priest named Seishin, causing him to be banished. When they attempt to commit lover's suicide by drowning, neither succeeds and they go their separate ways, and Seishin eventually becomes a murderous bandit. The pair reunites when Seishin kidnaps the beauty before realizing her true identity. Here, Osayo looks up with a grin as she stands in front of a doorway, a comb slipping loose at the side of her head. Both her coat and kimono are tattered with tears and holes, and she has a white towel draped over her shoulder. Nicely detailed.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 7/8" + top margin as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. A few wormholes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing. Please see photos for details.

Iwai Kumesaburo III as Izayoi Osayo, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Iwai Kumesaburo III as Izayoi Osayo, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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