Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825)Title: Ichikawa Danjuro VII as Lord Sugawara Michizane (Sugawara Michizane-ko), seated at the entrance to a cave with a scroll laid out in front of him and holding a Buddhist 'tokko' in one hand, and Iwai Matsunosuke I as his son Kan Shusai; in a play relating to Sugawara denju tenarai kagami.Date: ca. 1810Medium: woodblock printSize: Format: tate-oban (37.7 x 24.8 cm)Signature: Toyokuni ga
Utagawa Toyokuni I was a Japanese artist and printmaker during the 19th century. He was a great master of ukiyo-e, known in particular for his kabuki actor prints. 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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