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Kataoka Takao I as Fujiya Izaemon

  • Description

    In this play, the young dandy Izaemon is in love with a beautiful courtesan. However, he has spent so much time and money in the Osaka pleasure district that he is disinherited by his family. Here he can be seen wearing nothing but a thin paper kimono stitched together from love letters.

    The papery effect of the kimono is enhanced by the very thin paper that Kōkei uses. This paper, known as ganpi, is difficult to work with, but its translucent quality creates a powerful tension with the strong lines of his images and the pigments he uses.

  • Details

    Bust Portraits XI
    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    Tsuruya Kōkei (born 1946) (designer)
    Associated people
    Kataoka Takao I (born 1944) (subject)
    Material and technique
    woodblock on ganpi paper
    print 37.4 x 22.3 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by Philip Harris, 2011.
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  • kimono

    Kimonos, or 'the thing worn' in Japanese, had seasonal designs. The style of kimonos would change four times a year, and winter kimonos would be padded.

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