Memorial Portrait of Arashi Rikan II, 1837

by Kunihiro (active circa 1815 - 1843)

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Memorial Portrait of Arashi Rikan II, 1837 by Kunihiro (active circa 1815 - 1843)

Original Kunihiro (active circa 1815 - 1843) Japanese Woodblock Print
Memorial Portrait of Arashi Rikan II, 1837

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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. 

Special detail - Great shini-e or memorial portrait of Arashi Rikan II. This print comes with a label stating that it is guaranteed genuine by S. M. Shiba, Miyanoshita, with a seal on the label that matches one on the back of the print.

Artist - Kunihiro (active circa 1815 - 1843)

Image Size - 15 1/8" x 10 3/8"

Condition - Good detail. A few wrinkles at edges and creases.

Memorial Portrait of Arashi Rikan II, 1837 by Kunihiro (active circa 1815 - 1843)
Memorial Portrait of Arashi Rikan II, 1837 by Kunihiro (active circa 1815 - 1843)
Memorial Portrait of Arashi Rikan II, 1837 by Kunihiro (active circa 1815 - 1843)

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