Early Edo Woodblocks - Handsome design from a group of early Edo era woodblocks by 18th and 19th century master artists such as Hokusai, Eizan, Eisen, Toyokuni I, and others. This terrific selection of illustrations includes beauties, kabuki portraits, and scenes from everyday life, depicting traditional tales and novels, as well as the new "floating world," in wonderful detail. This is a terrific offering of classic, early designs, and a wonderful opportunity to add a work by a renowned ukiyo-e artist to any collection.
Toyokuni I's Kabuki Portraits - The great ukiyo-e master Toyokuni I is best known for his expressive kabuki designs. His portraits were part of a new trend in creating actor images that more closely resembled the real actor as seen on stage, rather than the idealized portraits that predominated the genre earlier. Toyokuni I dominated the field of actor portraits for nearly three decades, creating bold, dynamic images in his own recognizable style.
Special detail - This is a scene from the play commonly known as "Umegawa Chubei," a tale about the courtesan Umegawa and the courier Chubei, two young lovers who decided to commit suicide rather than be parted after Chubei steals the money to release Umegawa from her contract, an act punishable by death. Fleeing to Chubei's home village, they stop for shelter, where they encounter Chubei's father, Magoemon, shown at left. A string of prayer beads dangles from his ear, a practice thought to help one think clearly.
Artist - Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 19 7/8"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Two separate panels. Paper mounts on reverse at top corners. Stitching holes at one side of each panel, wormholes, repaired. Creasing, staining, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.
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