The Actors Ichikawa Danjuro IV in a “Shibaraku” Role and Nakamura Sukegoro II as a Samurai

Maker(s)
Artist: Katsukawa Shunshō 勝川春章 (1726-1792)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 11/1/1768
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 30 x 14 cm (11 13/16 x 5 1/2 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2004.3.38
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

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

Ichikawa Danjuro IV performs a "Shibaraku" role in this dynamic print by Shunsho. The actor grasps a pillar as he brandishes his long sword, still in its scabbard, over a cowering samurai played by Nakamura Sukegoro II (1745-1806). The Ichikawa family of actors established this scene as a regular feature of season-opening performances (kaomise). This early print by Shunsho is likely to represent a performance of the play The Genji Clan Now at Its Zenith (Ima wo sakari suehiro Genji), which was performed at the Nakamura Theater in the eleventh lunar month of 1768.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 9, pp. 70-71.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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