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Creator Name: Katsukawa, Shunjo
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Japanese; d. 1787 Asia,East Asia,Japan
Creator Active Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Creator Name-CRT: Katsukawa Shunjo
Title: The actor Segawa Kikunojo III as a courtesan in summer attire
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1780
Creation End Date: 1783
Creation Date: Early 1780s
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Woodblock
Materials and Techniques: Woodblock print.
Dimensions: Hosoban; 31.0 x 12.8 cm
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE:Shunjo ga
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1928.1027
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Bought from Alexander Collection. Clarence L. Buckingham Collection.
Context: Segawa Kikunojo III here plays the part of a courtesan just returned from the bath on a hot summer night, wearing a simple cotton kimono loosened at the neck and with a towel draped over her shoulder. Her large red obi has been casually knotted in front.To her right is a mosquito net hung over bedding, suggesting that this may be the right sheet of a diptych whose left sheet shows the client awaiting her return. Both the kimono and round summer fan (uchiwa, lying discarded on the floor) are decorated with a checkerboard pattern of the 'triple-rice-measure'(mimasu) motif in indigo blue, a motif normally associated with the Ichikawa family of actors primarily of male roles. The precise role depicted here has not been identified.Shunjo was a Katsukawa school pupil who worked faithfully in the actor-print style devised by Shunsho. He also designed many illustrations for comic kibyoshi novels ('yellow-covered' popular fiction) in the period 1777-1785. The present print is suave in composition and the colors well preserved, but the angular, flat drawing of the face is perhaps less attractive than Shunsho's many depictions of the actor.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1928.1027
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
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