Ship Sailing Away, 1865 - Interesting kabuki scene of two men watching as a boat sails away. In the center, the farmer Ichibei leans forward with an angry grimace, throwing his hands out before him, his thinning hair pulled back into a slender topknot. At left, the samurai Iwasaki Umbei scowls back at him as he holds his sword with both hands. Kojima Jurobei leans over the stern of the boat, resting both hands on the rails, a tight-lipped frown on his face. From right, the actors are Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Koarashi Chuji, Ichikawa Sadanji as the farmer Ichibei, Bando Kamezo I as Kojima Jurobei, and Nakayama Genjuro II as Iwasaki Umbei. A striking early kabuki design by Yoshitoshi with large figures set against dramatic undulating waves. The first time we've seen this subject.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/2" + margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. A couple small losses and tears at edges, repaired. A few small spots, light curling. Please see photos for details.
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