|Artist||Kunichika Toyoharu (1835-1900)|
|Dimensions||Ôban tate-e [~15.6 x 10.7 inches]|
Series: Tôto sanjûrokkei no uchi: Thirty-six Views of the Eastern Capital
Signature: Kunichika ga
Publisher: Ômiya Kyûjirô (Kiyûdô)
Censor Seal: Aratame Ox 4
A portrait of the famous kabuki actor Ichimura Uzaemon XIV as a tattooed carpenter.
Kunichika Toyohara (1835–1900) born Arakawa Yasohachi, was talented as a child and at about thirteen he became a student of Tokyo's then-leading print maker, Utagawa Kunisada. His deep appreciation and knowledge of kabuki drama led to his production primarily of ukiyo-e actor-prints, woodblock prints of kabuki actors and scenes from popular plays of the time. An alcoholic and womanizer, Kunichika also portrayed beautiful women (bijin-ga), contemporary social life, and a few landscapes and historical scenes. He worked successfully in the Edo period, and carried those traditions into the Meiji period. To his contemporaries and now to some modern art historians, this has been seen as a significant achievement during a transitional period of great social and political change in Japan's history.
Condition: Trimmed and laid to paper. Some staining to sky area. Minor creasing.