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YAMAMURA KOKA Japanese Woodblock Print KABUKI ACTOR 1920

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YAMAMURA KOKA Japanese Woodblock Print KABUKI ACTOR 1920


Nakamura Ganjiro I as Akane Hanshichi

Date: originally published 1920 by Watanabe, this is a later edition hand printed from the original wood blocks
Size: oban, with full margins, 11.5" X 16.75"
Condition: Fine, no flaws, uncirculated print, never framed
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration, very fine silver mica background
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso

In the kabuki play Sakaya the character Akane Hanshichi is the son of a sake merchant in Yamato province who is enamored of Minoya Sankatsu, a courtesan of Osaka. Both characters really existed and committed double suicide in December of 1695. For a complete synopsis of the play click here.

Yamamura Koka, who also used the art name Yamamura Toyonari (Housei Yamamura), studied with Ogata Gekko (1859-1920) and graduated from the Tokyo Art School in 1907. He began designing actor prints as early as 1915, signing with both art names, by contributing to the short-lived magazine Shin Nigao ("New Portraits"). However, it was his collaboration with the publisher Shozaburo Watanabe in the following year that provided Koka with a means to establish an impressive body of work in the actor print genre. He created at least 16 designs for Watanabe, including an important series of 12 prints for the series Rien no hana kagatobi ("Flowers of the Theatrica1 World"), published between 1920 and 1922.

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