The Kabukiza, 1899

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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The Kabukiza, 1899 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Kabukiza, 1899

Comments - Handsome triptych illustrating a scene from the kabuki play "Imoseyama onna teikin" at the Kabukiza or Kabuki Theater in Tokyo, which tells the story of a young couple who fall in love, unaware that their families are bitter rivals. Each family owns an estate on opposite sides of the Yoshino River, which rushes through the center of the scene. The young samurai Koganosuke and the beauty Hinadori decide that they would rather commit suicide together than be separated by their families. They exchange glances from their verandahs across the water. In the foreground at left, Hinadori's mother, Sadaka, holds out a blossoming cherry branch. At right, Koganosuke's father Daihanji scowls angrily. From left, the actors are Onoe Kikugoro as Sadaka, Nakamura Fukusuke as Hinadori, Bando Kakitsu as Koganosuke, and Ichikawa Danjuro as Daihanji. An interesting composition, nicely detailed with a burnished geometric pattern on Daihanji's olive green kimono and burnishing on the black lacquer verandah railings.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14" x 27 3/4"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Slight curling and ink bleeding, light vertical lines where backing papers meet. Please see photos for details.

The Kabukiza, 1899 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Kabukiza, 1899 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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