The Actor Matsumoto Yonesaburō in a Woman's Role

Utagawa Kunimasa Japanese

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Both Kunimasa and his teacher, Utagawa Toyokuni, produced prints of actors in close-up views (o-kubi-e) around 1795–96. Here, in an arresting image of Matsumoto Yonesaburō in a woman's role, Kunimasa captures a feminine quality in the elegant depiction of the actor's fingers touching the delicate layers of kimono neckbands.

The Actor Matsumoto Yonesaburō in a Woman's Role, Utagawa Kunimasa (Japanese, 1773–1810), Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, Japan

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