The Actor Jitsukawa Enjaku II as Danshichi Kurobei

The Actor Jitsukawa Enjaku II as Danshichi Kurobei

Object Title:

The Actor Jitsukawa Enjaku II as Danshichi Kurobei

Series Title:

Portraits of Male Actors in Various Roles

Date:

1926

Artist:

Natori Shunsen

Carver:

Unknown (Japanese Art)

Printer:

Unknown (Japanese Art)

Publisher:

Watanabe Shözaburö / S. Watanabe Color Print Co.

Medium:

Color woodblock print Technique: Nishiki-e (Woodblock print with color blocks)

Credit Line:

From the Charles Alfred Castle Memorial Collection, 1999 (26580)

Object Number:

26580

Other Title:

Series Kanji : 春仙似顔絵集

Description:

Jitsukawa Enjaku II (1831-85) was an actor representative of the Kamigata (Kyoto/Osaka area) Kabuki of the nineteenth century. In this print, he is portrayed in the role of Danshichi Kurobei in the Kabuki play Summer Festival (Mirror of Naniwa). Shunsen has possibly captured the actor at the moment before he transforms from an unshaven figure to an otokodate (chivalrous man considered to be a champion of the lower classes). The close-up portrait of this handsome actor must have attracted many female fans. (from Natori Shunsen exhibition 8/7/2006-)