Re: Re: Can anyone identify the Artist

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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson on August 16, 1998 at 20:49:49:

In Reply to: Re: Can anyone identify the Artist posted by Theo de Kreijger on August 16, 1998 at 04:43:36:

Theo has already said almost everything there is to say about this print, of course. I fully agree with him that it is a stage portrait of an onnagata, and that it is probably a part of a triptych.

I would only like to add a couple of things. The kana on the cartouche to the left of the actor's head read "Keisei Ayame", which perhaps is the name of the woman in the play.

Having access to an image with better resolution than the one posted here, I can also add that there are two censors' seals below the kiri seal: Mera and Watanabe.

: 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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