Ichikawa Danjuro IX as "Lady Ishida" in Romon Gosan no Kiri

kabuki triptych

Ichikawa Danjuro IX, the fifth son of Danjuro VII, was one of the most famous Kabuki actors in Japan during the Meiji period, 1868-1912. The artist Kunichika is considered an innovator of Ukiyo-e, "pictures of a floating world", a genre of Japanese woodblock prints featuring motifs of landscapes, the theatrical worlds and pleasure quarters of Japan. Kunichika specialized in portraits of actors and excelled in this particular style of large triptych. The Theatre collection has many fine examples of wood block prints of Noh and Kabuki theatre from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries.

Ichikawa Danjuro IX as "Lady Ishida" in Romon Gosan no Kiri
Kunichika, Toyohara, artist, 1835-1900
ca. 1896
Wood block print

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