Miracle of Masterpieces by Ukiyo Matabei Making Drawings that Come to Life and Parade around Him, 1853

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Miracle of Masterpieces by Ukiyo Matabei Making Drawings that Come to Life and Parade around Him, 1853 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Miracle of Masterpieces by Ukiyo Matabei Making Drawings that Come to Life and Parade around Him, 1853

Comments - Fantastic scene of the artist Ukiyo Matabei's paintings of Otsu-e figures coming to life and parading above him. He looks up with a befuddled expression as he sits on a cushion, a brush in hand and containers of paint on the floor nearby. The characters are disguised portraits of famous actors. Ichikawa Kodanji IV is shown as the artist, and Asao Okuyama appears as the thunder god, leaning down frown a dark swirling cloud at upper right. Left of the thunder god, Arashi Kangoro portrays the Lucky God, Daikoko, shaving the elongated head of his fellow god, Fukurokuju (actor Sakata Sajuro). Next to them Nakamura Kantaro dances about as a falconer with a bird perched on his outstretched hand. The actors featured in the left panel are Nakamura Aizo as the Wisteria Maiden, Ichikawa Hirogoro as a bald blind boy, Nakayama Bungoro as a monkey, Arashi Otohachi as a dancing oni or demon, and Nakayama Ichizo as the warrior Benkei. A great imaginative depiction of this famous legend with a sly twist on traditional kabuki portraits.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14" x 19 1/2" + margin as shown

Condition - Good detail. A few repairs and creases, slight rubbing.

Miracle of Masterpieces by Ukiyo Matabei Making Drawings that Come to Life and Parade around Him, 1853 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Miracle of Masterpieces by Ukiyo Matabei Making Drawings that Come to Life and Parade around Him, 1853 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Miracle of Masterpieces by Ukiyo Matabei Making Drawings that Come to Life and Parade around Him, 1853 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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