Okabe: Arashi Kichisaburo III as Okabe Rokuyata

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Okabe: Arashi Kichisaburo III as Okabe Rokuyata by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Okabe: Arashi Kichisaburo III as Okabe Rokuyata

Series; The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, 1852

Toyokuni III's Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - Toyokuni III's 1852 series "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido" pairs kabuki portraits with the stations along the famous Tokaido Road. Each design features a half-length figure in the foreground, with a border of clouds separating the actor from the landscape above. Interestingly, the title cartouche of each print is framed by different objects related to the kabuki character or play, including armor and weapons, household objects, flowers, horse equipment, and traveler's clothing and baggage. The large expressive characters are beautifully drawn and detailed, with fine line work in the hair and soft bokashi shading in the backgrounds.

The exact number of prints for the series is unclear, because two prints exist for some stations, and some intermediate stations are also included. Where there are two designs of the same subject, the background landscape continues across the two prints. This handsome series proved extremely popular when released, and remains a favorite of collectors today.

Okabe: Arashi Kichisaburo III as Okabe Rokuyata - Handsome image of the actor Arashi Kichisaburo III as Okabe Rokuyata in the play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki." The story is based on the death of the young warrior Taira Atsumori during the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani. One of Minamoto no Yoshitsune's retainers, Okabe Rokuyata is shown here in court dress. He wears a boldly patterned black and white outer robe over a violet kimono with a border of golden waves, a burnished black court cap tied under his chin with cord. He looks ahead with a rather stricken expression, with brows furrowed and a slight frown. The landscape above shows rocky cliffs dotted with pine trees. A great composition with the large, expressive figure nicely filling the page.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14" x 9 1/2" + top margin as shown

Condition - Nice detail. A few small repairs and creases, wrinkling at corners.

Okabe: Arashi Kichisaburo III as Okabe Rokuyata by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Okabe: Arashi Kichisaburo III as Okabe Rokuyata by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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