Onoe Kikugoro IV as Otomi and Kawarazaki Gonjuro as Yosaburo, 1858

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Onoe Kikugoro IV as Otomi and Kawarazaki Gonjuro as Yosaburo, 1858 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Onoe Kikugoro IV as Otomi and Kawarazaki Gonjuro as Yosaburo, 1858

Comments - Interesting kabuki scene of the lovers Otomi and Yosaburo reunited after many years apart. Otomi was the mistress of a gang boss, who caught her in a tryst with Yosaburo and slashed the young man all over. Yosaburo turned to a life of petty crime, later encountering Otomi during a blackmail scheme. Here, the beauty smiles happily as she hands him a pipe while cuddling a cat to her chest. He looks back at her with a sober expression, lost in thought, pale pink scars faintly visible on his forehead and chest. At left, a large kettle and a blue and white cup rest on top of a hibachi. From left, the actors are Onoe Kikugoro IV and Kawarazaki Gonjuro I. A handsome design with expressive figures, nicely detailed with fine line work in the hair and soft shading on the background.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 19"

Condition - Nice detail. Backed with paper. Stitching holes at side, a few holes, repaired.

Onoe Kikugoro IV as Otomi and Kawarazaki Gonjuro as Yosaburo, 1858 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Onoe Kikugoro IV as Otomi and Kawarazaki Gonjuro as Yosaburo, 1858 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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