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About Ota Masamitsu (1892-1975)
Ota Masamitsu, who also known as Ota Gako, designed a number of actor prints during the mid-20th century. His designs illustrate the trend towards realistic portraiture in Japanese actor prints, and are comparable in quality to those of his contemporary, Natori Shunsen. Ota was involved with kabuki theater throughout his life; beginning in the early 1930s when he illustrated a book about 18 kabuki plays (Kabuki juhachiban), however he did not begin designing woodblock prints until after WWII. In the early 1950's, Ota worked with the publisher Banchoro on two twelve-print series, Figures of the Showa Stage (1950) and Leading figures of the Modern Stage in Their Most Famous Roles (1955). Ota's portraits are notable for their realistic shading and attention to detail, especially in the faces, and costumes of the actors. His prints stress the combination of emotional, intellectual, and moral qualities that distinguishes each actor in his role over any traditional design conventions.

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