Ichikawa Danjūrō II (?) Performing Shibaraku in the Ichimura Theater
Torii Kiyotada (Japanese, fl. ca. 1720–50)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H. 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm); W. 25 in. (63.5 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1929
Not on view
On the runway to the stage, the actor Ichikawa Danjūrō appears just before striding forward to save the day, shouting "Shibaraku!" ("Wait a moment!") in a bravado role he created. Kiyotada employed the technique of two-point perspective to show the interior of the theater.
Early Kabuki performances were all-day affairs before audiences who ate, drank, and gossiped while awaiting the entrance of favorite actors, who struck their famous poses.