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Perspective Picture (Uki-e): Theater District at Dawn on Opening Day of the Kabuki Season

Artist:
Utagawa Toyoharu (Japanese, 1735–1814)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1780
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
10 x 14 3/4 in. (25.4 x 37.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
JP192
Not on view
Like Broadway in New York, the Sakaichō and Fukiyachō quarters were the center of Edo's theater district, which was particularly lively on the night of kaomise, the opening ceremony of the Kabuki season.

Toyoharu, founder of the Utagawa school, was known for using one-point perspective (uki-e), a Western technique. Okumura Masanobu (1686–1764) is credited as the first Japanese artist to use one-point perspective in depicting interior space, and Toyoharu was the first to master the device to depict outdoor scenes in ukiyo-e prints and paintings.
Signature: Utagawa Toyoharu ga

Marking: Publisher's mark: Nishimuraya

西村屋
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