The actor Otani Hiroemon III as Osada no Zenjo Kagemune in the play Izu-goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu (First Performance Day of the Izu Calendar)
Performed at the Morita Theater from the first day of the eleventh month, 1772
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Creator Name: Katsukawa, Shunko
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Japanese; 1743-1812 Asia,East Asia,Japan
Creator Active Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Creator Name-CRT: Katsukawa Shunko
Title: The actor Otani Hiroemon III as Osada no Zenjo Kagemune in the play Izu-goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu (First Performance Day of the Izu Calendar)
Title Type: preferred
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Creation Start Date: 1772
Creation End Date: 1772
Creation Date: Performed at the Morita Theater from the first day of the eleventh month, 1772
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Woodblock
Materials and Techniques: Woodblock print.
Dimensions: Hosoban; 30.5 x 14.4 cm
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE: Shunko gaARTIST'S SEAL: Ki in jar-shaped outline
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1939.873
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Frederick W. Gookin Collection
Context: In the present print, by Shunko, Otani Hiroemon III as the villain Osada no Zenjo Kagemune is searching for the jewel. Beneath a pine tree at night Hiroemon III stands in the classic soku mie pose, legs stifily straight and heels together. His sharp features scowl, and one arm, freed from the surcoat of his formal kamishimo robes, brandishes a sickle ominously. A further illustration in the program shows him kneeling, holding the same sickle and wearing a straw raincoat over his kimono (see 'The Actor's Image' catalogue, fig.107.1, p.296).This is one of the earliest known theatrical prints by Shunko, one of a small number bearing beneath the signature a jar-shaped seal containing the character ki (tree), in imitation of Shunsho's hayashi (two trees) seal. Not until 1776 does Shunko appear to have designed theatrical prints regularly. It is not surprising that at this early point in his career he should imitate his teacher Shunsho's style so closely. It is remarkable that he is in this print so nearly histeacher's artistic equal, as attested by comparison with Shunsho's similar portrait of Hiroemon III from the following year.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1939.873
AMICA Library Year: 1998
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Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
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