Re: Can anyone identify the Artist

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Posted by Theo de Kreijger on August 16, 1998 at 04:43:36:

In Reply to: Can anyone identify the Artist posted by Pierce Molony on August 14, 1998 at 18:38:54:

Dear Pierce Molony,

This is what I have found so far:

Artist: Kuniyoshi - important ukiyo-e artist from the middle of the 19th century
Artist signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi Ga (in gourd-shaped cartouche)
Artistseal: Kiri
Data-seal: 7th month year of the rat = 1852
Actor: Man in the role of a female (onagata - see his cap to cover his shaven forehead)
Actorcrest: unknown
Role depicted: unknown
Play: unknown
Print size: oban (left part of a poliptych, probable a triptych)

This print has been made in a period that printmaking really boomed. Lots of prints are known from the year 1852 and not exclusively from Kuniyoshi. It's almost impossible to find the same print twice, let alone something about the kabuki play. Your print looks like it's in a bad shape. It shows torn edges, stains and a wormhole. But I must say I'm always pleased to say a Kuniyoshi, even in such a shape. In colour it will be even more vivid. I'm not sure about the flowered stick she (he) is leaning on, though. The other hand is probably reaching for something like a love-letter or perhaps some tissues. The character is definitely a courtesan as she has to many hairpins to be a decent lady.

I hope this information has added something to what you perhaps already knew. And perhaps someone even knows more ....

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