Kabuki Scene at Kumagai's Camp, from the play The Chronicle of the Battle of Ichinotani (Ichinotani futaba gunki)
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Oban tate-e; triptych, each: 15 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (38.4 x 25.7 cm)
Purchase, Arnold Weinstein Gift, 2001
Not on view
This triptych is a rare example from Kunisada's early career. It features the scene of Kumagai's camp from the Kabuki play The Chronicle of the Battle of Ichinotani, which was first performed in 1811. The three actors are arranged one to a sheet, and the artist has captured them striking exaggerated poses (mie) in front of a large, blossoming plum tree.
Signature: Each print bears the artist's signature Ichiyusai Kunisada ga ("painted by Ichiyūsai Kunisada"), a censor's seal kiwame, and the publisher's seal Nishimura-ya.
Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. , New York, until 2001; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.