Mitate of Eawase Taikoki, 1874

by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

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Mitate of Eawase Taikoki, 1874 by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Original Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899) Japanese Woodblock Print
Mitate of Eawase Taikoki, 1874

Osaka Prints - Produced in the Kansai region, including Osaka and Kyoto, Osaka prints or kamigata-e are instantly distinguishable from typical Edo ukiyo-e. A major difference is the choice of subject matter. Osaka prints were nearly always portraits of actors or kabuki scenes. In contrast, Edo print subjects included beauties, landscapes, nature scenes, warriors, and historic events, in addition to kabuki.

Distinctly different artistic styles also emerged in Edo and Osaka in the 18th and 19th century, resulting in certain recognizable characteristics for each area. Osaka prints feature more subtle, serious figures, reflecting the wagoto or soft style of acting prevalent in the area, along with distinctive facial expressions. The aragato or brash manner of acting popular in Edo influenced print designs towards bolder images of heroism and military prowess.

Much like the style of the prints, the demand for ukiyo-e in the cities of Osaka and Edo also varied. Osaka produced far fewer ukiyo-e designs than Edo did. As a consequence, Osaka prints are rarer and also some of the highest quality prints made in the 19th century, with many featuring deluxe techniques such as burnishing or embossing. Osaka prints are a rare and wonderful collecting area of Japanese woodblocks.

Special detail - Burnishing on the black areas of the armor and the black collars, accents of metallic pigment that have oxidized to a dark tone on the pants and kimono. From right, the actors are Onoe Taganojo II as Hisayoshi's wife Otake, Arashi Rikan IV as Saito Kurandonosuke, Ichikawa Udanji I as Mashiba Hisayoshi, Jitsukawa Enjaku I as Akechi Mitsuhide, and Kataoke Gado III as the Farmer Ichisaku in a mitate or imagined performance of the play "Eawase Taikoki." A rare complete five-panel print and a nice choice for a collector.

Artist - Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Image Size - 9 5/8" x 35" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Five attached panels, backed with paper. Slight separation at ends of vertical folds, repaired. Left panel remargined at top edge. Please see photos for details.

Mitate of Eawase Taikoki, 1874 by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)
Mitate of Eawase Taikoki, 1874 by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

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