Artist: Utagawa KUNIYOSHITitle: From: Ogura Imitation of the One Hundred PoetsPublisher: Iba-ya SensaburoDate: 1845-46Medium: Woodblock printSize: oban tate-e (c. 14.75 x 10 inches)The actor Nakamura Utaemon (1798-1852) in the role of Fujiya Izaemon dancing with a hand-drum, in the theater play Kuruwa Bunsho, performed at the Kawarazaki theater in the winter of 1846. - The inset on top shows poem and portrait of the mother of Udaisho Michitsuna. - This impression is from the original edition of 1845-46.
Utagawa Kuniyoshi was a Japanese painter and print designer considered one of the last great masters of the ukiyo-e style during the 19th century. The genres of his work ranged from landscapes to Kabuki actors and more, and he often incorporated aspects of Western representation in his designs. The term ukiyo-e translates to "pictures of the floating world" and refers to a genre of Japanese art with a wide span of imagery such as kabuki actors, folk tales, landscapes, and even erotica. This movement was critical in forming the Western perception of Japanese art.
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