The Six Immortal Poets

by Hirosada (active circa 1847 - 1863)

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The Six Immortal Poets by Hirosada (active circa 1847 - 1863)

Original Hirosada (active circa 1847 - 1863) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Six Immortal Poets

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.

Comments - Handsome design featuring actor as Japan's famous "Six Immortal Poets." In the center, the beauty Ono no Komachi raises her fan behind her head, looking down at the monk seated below. At right, the daimyo Ariwara no Narihira holds a bow in on hand and an arow in the other. At upper left, a man dances about waving a blossoming cherry branch above his head. Panels decorated with a view of a river framed by a pine tree at night, with blinds above, line the back of the room. Beautifully detailed with accents of metallic pigment that have oxidized to a dark tone. An attractive image.

Artist - Hirosada (active circa 1847 - 1863)

Image Size - 9 3/4" x 21 3/8"

Condition - Nice detail.

The Six Immortal Poets by Hirosada (active circa 1847 - 1863)
The Six Immortal Poets by Hirosada (active circa 1847 - 1863)

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