The Actor Iwai Hanshiro IV

Maker(s)
Artist: Katsukawa Shunshō 勝川春章 (1726-1792)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 1780s
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 32.6 x 14.9 cm (12 13/16 x 5 7/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Anne van Biema collection
Accession Number
S2004.3.50
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, theater, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance, yakusha-e
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004

Label

In a dance pose, Iwai Hanshiro IV (1747-1800), who became one of the most accomplished onnagata of the late eighteenth century, displays his skill in creating the illusion of feminine grace. He draws his long kimono sleeve across his body in a graceful gesture as he assumes the curving, lateral posture that softens and minimizes the appearance of his male body beneath the costume, makeup, and wig. Draped behind him is the white overcloak that was worn by high-ranking women while traveling. Shunsho's skill in realistic portraiture can be seen in the portrayal of the plump face and figure of the actor who was nicknamed Otafuku Hanshiro after the voluptuous popular goddess, Otafuku.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 14, p. 80-81.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum