Nakamura Utaemon IV as Danshichi Kurobei

Utagawa Kunimasu 歌川国升 Japanese

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The superstar Utaemon IV performs in a vendetta play surrounding the violent exploits of Danshichi, always depicted in plays with a dramatically tattooed body.Here, we only see his arms exposed. Little is known for sure about the artist Kunimasu, except that he seems to have been born into wealth, and he had the chance to study print design under Utagawa Kunisada in Edo, then returned to Osaka to sponsor ukiyo-e print production.

Nakamura Utaemon IV as Danshichi Kurobei, Utagawa Kunimasu 歌川国升 (Japanese, active 1830–52), Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper; vertical chūban, Japan

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