Scene from Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami, 1866

by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

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Scene from Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami, 1866 by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Original Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami, 1866

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. 

Comments - Terrific kabuki portrait of Onoe Tamizo II as the otokodate or street night Danshichi Kurobei in the play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami." In the drama, he kills his father-in-law during an argument, and then disappears into the crowds of the Summer Festival (Natsu Matsuri). Here, he pauses with one foot atop the edge of a well, bleeding from a cut to his forehead, looking out at the colorful paper lanterns of the festival. He has a striking full body tattoo of a snake and red flames. A great subject for a collector interested in tattoo prints, in an unusual horizontal oban format.

Artist - Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Image Size - 9 5/8" x 14"

Condition - Nice color and detail. Vertical centerfold. A few small repairs.

Scene from Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami, 1866 by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)
Scene from Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami, 1866 by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

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