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TORII KIYOSHIGE Japanese Woodblock Print ACTOR PRINT 1740s


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TORII KIYOSHIGE Japanese Woodblock Print ACTOR PRINT 1740s


Portrait of the Kabuki Actor Otani Hiroemon II

Date: originally published c. 1740, this print is mid-20th century published by Adachi
Size:  large hashirae (pillar print)10.25" x 27.25"
Condition: VG, with horizontal fold as issued
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso

Authentic primitive style ukiyo-e kabuki actor print by Kiyoshige originally published around 1740.

Kiyoshige was a woodblock print designer and book illustrator, pupil of Kiyonobu I. He was listed as member of the Torii studio from 1724 to 1763. His extant works consist of urushie ('lacquer pictures') and benizurie ('pink-printed pictures'; two-color prints) of actors (yakusha) and beautiful women (bijin). He worked in the Torii style. His compositions often consist of a single figure filling three-quarters of the picture plane, while the upper portion is occupied by a poetic inscription. Kiyoshige also illustrated children's books and kokkeibon (comic novels). His best works are said to be hashirae ('pillar pictures') in the style of his contemporary Okamura Masanobu, and in which he skilfully arranged the compositional elements to utilize the tall, narrow format.

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