Toshusai Sharaku, ‘Five Reproduction Color Woodblock Prints’, c. 1940, LongHouse Reserve Benefit Auction
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Five Reproduction Color Woodblock Prints, c. 1940

Woodcut prints
15 1/4 × 10 1/4 in
38.7 × 26 cm
This work is a reproduction.
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LongHouse Reserve Benefit Auction

Five highest-quality framed prints published by Adachi, including plates 6, 23, 27, 29 and 31 from …

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Courtesy of Jack Lenor Larsen
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.

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Five highest-quality framed prints published by Adachi, including plates 6, 23, 27, 29 and 31 from Volume One of the complete work

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Courtesy of Jack Lenor Larsen
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.

Five Reproduction Color Woodblock Prints, c. 1940

Woodcut prints
15 1/4 × 10 1/4 in
38.7 × 26 cm
This work is a reproduction.
Bidding closed
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