Toshusai Sharaku Kabuki Play Woodblock Print
A fantastic Oban Woodblock Print of the kabuki actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II as Takemura Tada no Shin’s wife in the play Koinyobo Somewaka Tazuna. An excellent woodblock print with wonderful colour and marvelous detail including a shimmering mica background.
Beautifully rendered, polychrome (nishiki-e) pigment on handmade Mulberry Bark Washi paper using meticulously hand carved woodblocks and exactly the same traditional technique as the original.
This version published mid 20th Century.
Dimensions of Print Image Size 15 1/8″ x 9 7/8″ (38.4cm x 25.1cm) Sheet Size 15 7/8″ x 10 1/2″ (40.3cm x 26.7cm)
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Sharaku produced some of the most evocative art of the floating world. His artistic abilities were well ahead of his time. His designs still stand unchallenged as the quintessence of Kabuki Theatre. Sharaku was only active for a brief period of 10 months between 1794 and 1795.
Very little is known of him before or after this period. Sharaku is the object of much conjecture with historians of Japanese Art. It is believed he was a noh actor in the service of the Lord of Awa. Sharaku’s works are in many of the leading museums around the world such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Art Institute of Chicago, The British Museum, London, State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg and Tokyo National Museum.