The Actor Nakamura Tomijuro II as the Courtesan Kikukawa

Maker(s)
Artist: Shunbaisai Hokuei (active 1829-1837)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1833
Medium
Woodblock print; ink, color, silber mica and embossing on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 38.3 x 25.6 cm (15 1/16 x 10 1/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Anne van Biema collection
Accession Number
S2004.3.284
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
actor, Anne van Biema collection, courtesan, Edo period (1615 - 1868), fox, haiku, Japan, kabuki, portrait, theater, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance, yakusha-e
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004

Label

The renowned onnagata Nakamura Tomijuro II (Matsue III, 1786-1855) is depicted against a wood-grain background as if the portrait were painted on a votive panel of the type offered with prayers to Shinto shrines. Tomijuro wears flamboyant robes, which he turns to display in their full splendor. The haiku (hokku) signed with the actor's poetry name, Keishi, offers gratitude to the gods for inheriting the name Tomijuro, a name previously used by a great Osaka-born onnagata who had died the year his successor was born. The poem reads:

Bestowed a famous name,
I proceed along the path of acting
in this glorious spring season.

Translation of poem by John T. Carpenter

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 64, pp. 180-181.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum