The Complete Works of Chikamatsu Manzaemon - Published between 1922 and 1926, "The Complete Works of Chikamatsu Manzaemon" illustrates the works of the famous playwright Chikamatsu Manzaemon (1653 - 1725), considered one of Japan's greatest dramatists. He authored more than 100 plays, mainly for the bunraku puppet theater, including historical romances and domestic tragedies, often based on true events. Many of these popular tales were adapted for kabuki theater and are still performed today.
This beautiful series consists of 18 prints by leading artists of the Taisho era, including two important female painters, Shima Seien (1892-1970) and Uemura Shoen (1875-1949). From mysterious ghosts and poignant beauties to fierce deities and heroic warriors, each illustrates one of Chikamatsu's most memorable characters. Exquisitely carved by Yamagishi Kazue and expertly printed by Nishimura Kumakichi, many include deluxe printing techniques such as embossing, metallic flecks, mica, and hand-applied gofun pigment.
We are excited to offer an incredible group of prints from "The Complete Works of Chikamatsu Manzaemon," including the most desirable and sought-after designs. Considered one of the greatest Japanese shin-hanga series, these fantastic first edition designs are a wonderful choice for a collector. We've seen images from this series offered elsewhere online for more than $1,500. Don't miss this opportunity to collect a beautiful, first edition print from this timeless and treasured series.
The Sailor Kezori Kuemon - Handsome portrait of the pirate Kezori Kuemon from the play "Hakata Kojoro Nami Makura." He leans over the railing with his chin resting atop his hand, looking out to sea with a telescope in his other hand. His black coat falls over the rail, worn over a colorful yellow-orange tunic edged with blue and a green shirt. The sail behind him billows in the wind, tied off with lines to the wooden structure at left. The sky behind his is filled with a rosy glow as the sun sets. An interesting design with fine bokashi shading.
Artist - Noda Kyuho (1879 - 1971)
Image Size - 15 7/8" x 10 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail. Slight toning, a few creases at edges and marks. Please see photos for details.
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