The Actor Arashi Rikon II as Kowari Dennai

Maker(s)
Artist: Yamaguchi Shigeharu 山口重春 (1803-1853)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1832
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 37.3 x 25.1 cm (14 11/16 x 9 7/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2004.3.280
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
actor, Anne van Biema collection, bokashi, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kabuki, oban, portrait, snow, theater, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance, yakusha-e
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Arashi Rikan II here plays the role of Kowari Dennai who is standing on a snow-covered boulder as he holds a rifle in one hand. Rikan II succeeded his father, the renowned Osaka star Arashi Kichisaburo II (Rikan I), assuming his father's rivalry with Nakamura Utaemon III. This print, designed by the artist Shigeharu, who was a native of Nagasaki, displays the extraordinarily high artistic quality he achieved in Osaka. From 1826, when he changed his name to Ryusai Shigeharu, he produced high-quality prints that rivaled those of Hokushu. The subtly graded color and exquisite printing in this image reveal the artistry of Shigeharu's prints.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 318, p. 346.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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