The Actor Sakata Hangoro II

Maker(s)
Artist: Katsukawa Shunkō 勝川春好 (1743-1812)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1776
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 31.4 x 13.7 cm (12 3/8 x 5 3/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Anne van Biema collection
Accession Number
S2004.3.64
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
actor, Anne van Biema collection, Edo period (1615 - 1868), fan, 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

Portraits of actors in fan-shaped frames were popular from the late 1860s. They were published both as books and as single-sheet prints. Some of the prints were actually mounted on folding-fan frames. Here Shunko, a talented pupil of Shunsho, renders the heavy-set actor Sakata Hangoro II (1724-1782). Shunko's skill in composition is displayed in the pose and placement of the actor within the unusual format. The role shown here may be that of a sumo wrestler.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 15, p. 82-83.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum