Scene from Keisei Chigogafuchi, 1817

by Ashiyuki (active circa 1813 - 1831)

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Scene from Keisei Chigogafuchi, 1817 by Ashiyuki (active circa 1813 - 1831)

Original Ashiyuki (active circa 1813 - 1831) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Keisei Chigogafuchi, 1817

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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.

Oban Osaka Kabuki Prints - Most Osaka kabuki prints were done in the smaller chuban size, so full oban format kamigata-e are rarely seen.
These larger Osaka kabuki woodblocks are a great choice for a collector. 

Scene from Keisei Chigogafuchi, 1817 - Great kabuki portrait of Nakayama Yoshio I as Yodomachi Gozen in "Keisei Chigogafuchi" at the Kado Theater. She leans forward with an alarmed expression, holding a naginata behind her back. She wears a black kimono patterned with blossoms, hair pulled back into a long ponytail reaching nearly to the floor, adorned with a comb and ribbons. Pine and bamboo decorated the slightly panels behind the beauty. A great early Osaka design, nicely composed.

Artist - Ashiyuki (active circa 1813 - 1831)

Image Size - 14 3/4" x 10" + margins as shown

Condition - Good detail. Partially backed with paper. Small repair, a few creases.

Scene from Keisei Chigogafuchi, 1817 by Ashiyuki (active circa 1813 - 1831)
Scene from Keisei Chigogafuchi, 1817 by Ashiyuki (active circa 1813 - 1831)

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