Re: Re: Significance of Red Faces in Ukiyo-e


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Posted by Suzy Styles on August 27, 1998 at 09:37:20:

In Reply to: Re: Significance of Red Faces in Ukiyo-e posted by George Aar on August 05, 1998 at 04:46:23:

: : Is there a significance to representing actors with a
: : red face in Ukiyo-e prints. I am interested in a woodblock
: : by Kunichika that shows one of the actors with a red
: : skin tone. I thought there must be some symbolism here.
: : Ray Leak
: There are several people much more qualified than I that regularly contribute to this page, but from what I know the red generally signifies the "good guy" whereas someone with blue overtones would be the "bad guy" in a Kabuki play.
: geo.

I have just finnished producing a Kabuki
here in Australia. I wouldn't call myself
an expert by any means but I am quite sure
that the bold red lines you often see on
Kabuki actors' white faces symbolises the
agressive temprament and bold vitality of
heroes in the predominant Tokyo acting style,
called "aragoto".

I would not disagree that in general red=good
and blue/grey=bad when used on a white base...
But as for a fully red face, I am really not
sure what that symbolises...





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