Kameyama: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Ishii Hyosuke

by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Kameyama: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Ishii Hyosuke by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Kameyama: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Ishii Hyosuke

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

Kunisada's Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - Kunisada'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.

Kameyama: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Ishii Hyosuke - Handsome portrait of Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Ishii Hyosuke. The young samurai grips the hilt of his sword with both hands, looking sideways with a somewhat worried expression. His long hair is pulled back into a loose ponytail, which swings in the breeze, and a few loose wisps of hair frame his face. He wears a brown striped kimono trimmed with a tie-dyed pattern, a blue cloth draped over his shoulder. Tall pine trees rise in the background, framing a view of a village nestled at the foot of the mountains, a red glow spreading along the horizon as the sun sets. An expressive figure with soft shading on the background.

Artist - Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 5/8"

Condition - Good detail. A few repairs.

Kameyama: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Ishii Hyosuke by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Kameyama: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Ishii Hyosuke by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)