Kanpei and Okaru - SOLD

Kanpei and Okaru  is an original color woodblock print on paper, realized by the Japanese artist  Utagawa Kuniaki  (Hirasawa, Japan, 1835–1888) around 1862. 

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Artist Utagawa Kuniaki II
Typology Original Prints
Technique Xilograph
Editor Toshidama
Period 1860s
Signature Not signed
Conditions Good (minor cosmetic wear)
Dimensions (cm) 35 x 0.1 x 23.5
Kanpei and Okaru  is an original color woodblock print on paper, realized by the Japanese artist Utagawa Kuniaki  (Hirasawa, Japan, 1835–1888) around 1862. 

Signed on plate in a cartouche, censorship seal and publishing house's stamps printed. 

This wonderful modern artwork represents the actors,  Bandô Hikosaburô in the role of Hayano Kanpei, and Sawamura Tanosuke in the role of Koshimoto Okaru.

From the series " Kanadehon chûshingura " ( The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers) , published by Toshidama.

In very good condition, except for minor defects and signs of the time.  Including a gilded frame (cm 35 x 23.5).

Very well-inked with shiny colors, this is a beautiful and colorful piece that could give to your house a sophisticated touch, absolutely to include in your art collection!

About the author: Utagawa Kuniaki II   (1835-1888).
His familiar name was Onojiro and he was the younger brother of, or perhaps the same person as, the artist known as Utagawa Kuniaki I and the same prints are sometimes attributed to one or the other.  He studied with another incredible Japanese e-Kuyo style artist,  Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). In addition to the name of  Kuniaki he used the artist names of Hosai, Ipposai, Ichiosai, Onojiro and Hachisuka. His favorite subjects were wrestlers (sumo-e), actors (yakusha-e), beauties (bijin-ga) and westerners (Yokohama-e). Although the fact he is commonly considered a minor artist of his time, his print  The Wrestler Onaruto Nadaemon of Awa Province  became popular because it was reproduced in a Manet's 1868 portrait of Emile Zola.

Kanadehon chushingura, or more simply Chushingura, is perhaps the best-known Japanese play of all time. It was written by Takeda Izumo and performed for the first time in 1748 in Osaka at the Takemotoza theater. It describes the heroic deeds of the forty-seven ronin: a group of samurai who avenged the death of their lord Asano Naganori, forced to seppuku (ritual suicide) following a duel that took place inside the shogun palace.

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