The Actor Ichikawa Ebizö as Usui Aratarö Sadamitsu in the play, Seiwa Nidai Öyose Genji

The Actor Ichikawa Ebizö as Usui Aratarö Sadamitsu in the play, Seiwa Nidai Öyose Genji

Object Title:

The Actor Ichikawa Ebizö as Usui Aratarö Sadamitsu in the play, Seiwa Nidai Öyose Genji

Date:

1796

Artist:

Utagawa Kunimasa I

Carver:

Unknown (Japanese Art)

Printer:

Unknown (Japanese Art)

Publisher:

Echizen

Medium:

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

Credit Line:

Gift of James A. Michener, 1991 (24444)

Object Number:

24444

Seals:

Echizen

Other Title:

Kanji : 市川鰕蔵の碓井荒太郎定光

Description:

Kunimasa depicts the actor in the play, Seiwa Nidai Öyose Genji, performed in 1796 at the Edo Miyako-za Theater. It is considered by some to be the finest print design produced by this artist. (from Daring Moves Exhibition, 8/1/06-) Kunimasa depicts the actor in the play Seiwa Nidai Öyose Genji, performed in 1796 at the Miyako-za theater in Edo. The actor is seen in dramatically rendered profile, juxtaposed by bold linear patterning in the textile design on the lower right. Many regard this print as one of Kunimasa's greatest designs. (from “Kabuki Actors on Stage” exhibition 4/14/2003-)