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Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII as Omon of the Jūmonjiya

  • Description

    Tsuruya Kōkei’s prints evoke the works of earlier ukiyo-e artists, such as Kunisada and Kunichika (as you can see elsewhere in this exhibition), but they are particularly indebted to the actor portraits of the great eighteenth century print designer Tōshūsai Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795). Sharaku’s strikingly intense half-length actor portraits, often with highly exaggerated facial features, emphasized the individual personalities and idiosyncracies of the leading kabuki actors of his day. Kōkei’s yakusha-e continue this tradition but are not mere copies. Instead they embody a contemporary sense of irony and an element of caricature.

  • Details

    Bust Portraits XI
    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    Tsuruya Kōkei (born 1946) (printmaker)
    Associated people
    Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII (born 1959) (subject)
    Kabukiza Theatre (established 1889) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    woodblock on ganpi paper
    print 37.5 x 22.5 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by Philip Harris, 2008.
    Accession no.



  • ukiyo-e

    Ukiyo-e, or ‘Pictures of the Floating World’, depicted leading courtesans, kabuki actors, and others from the urban pleasure districts, in popular woodblock prints and paintings.

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