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Toshusai Sharaku, ‘Actor Bando Mitsugoro II in the role of Ishii Genzo’, 1794, Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet
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Actor Bando Mitsugoro II in the role of Ishii Genzo, 1794

Oban polychrome woodblock print (nishiki-e), and mica on paper
15 2/5 × 10 2/5 in
39 × 26.5 cm
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Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet
Paris

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Toshusai Sharaku ga
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Toshusai Sharaku
Japanese, active 1794–1795
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Very little is known about Toshusai Sharaku, save that he lived in Edo during the “Golden Age” of Ukiyo-e—it was not until the beginning of the 20th century that his prints were rediscovered and his reputation as a printmaking master established. During his only ten-month-long career, he produced around 100 known designs, mostly portraits of kabuki actors marked by an air of satire and wit. Sharaku’s work was radical for its time—his actor portraits allow the viewer an intimate understanding of the subject’s character. His work marks the beginning of a greater emphasis on realism and the inner life of the subject in print portraiture.

Toshusai Sharaku, ‘Actor Bando Mitsugoro II in the role of Ishii Genzo’, 1794, Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet
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About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet
Paris

Seal of publisher Tsutaya Juzaburo

Censor's seal: kiwame

Medium
Print
Signature
Toshusai Sharaku ga
Image rights
© DR - MNAAG
Toshusai Sharaku
Japanese, active 1794–1795
Follow

Very little is known about Toshusai Sharaku, save that he lived in Edo during the “Golden Age” of Ukiyo-e—it was not until the beginning of the 20th century that his prints were rediscovered and his reputation as a printmaking master established. During his only ten-month-long career, he produced around 100 known designs, mostly portraits of kabuki actors marked by an air of satire and wit. Sharaku’s work was radical for its time—his actor portraits allow the viewer an intimate understanding of the subject’s character. His work marks the beginning of a greater emphasis on realism and the inner life of the subject in print portraiture.

Actor Bando Mitsugoro II in the role of Ishii Genzo, 1794

Oban polychrome woodblock print (nishiki-e), and mica on paper
15 2/5 × 10 2/5 in
39 × 26.5 cm
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