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Onoe Kikugorō in the role of Yaoya Oshichi and Nakamura Kiyosaburō as her lover the koshō (page) Kichisaburō

Artist:
Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1750
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
16 x 11 1/4 in. (40.6 x 28.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
JP2638
Not on view
The invention of color block printing by the mid-eighteenth century irrevocably transformed the vigorous early ukiyo-e style. The new technique, which used separate blocks for each color, placed greater attention on coordinating the component parts and emphasized the process of color overlays. Masanobu's pioneering efforts in the field of color printing advanced a new aesthetic, one in which the essential quality of the print was dependent on line and color. As the articulation of the early ukiyo-e artist's virtuosic line diminished, a new style featuring graceful and lyrical lines bound to color harmonies emerged.
Signature: Hōgetsudō Tanchōsai Okumura Bunkaku Masanobu shohitsu (true brush)
Seals: Tanchōsai and Okumura

Inscription: Inscription written in contemporary hand, gives names of the actors and the date, the 3rd year of Kanan, i.e. 1750.

Poem: Koko mo Ise fudanzakura ni ainoyama
(Here in sacred Ise where the cherry is always in bloom,
we find our hill of happy meeting)
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