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Onnagata Segawa Tomisaburo, 1794

Color woodblock print (nishiki-e) on paper
14 1/5 × 9 4/5 in
36.1 × 24.8 cm
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© RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Harry Bréjat
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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About the work
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© RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Harry Bréjat
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.

Onnagata Segawa Tomisaburo, 1794

Color woodblock print (nishiki-e) on paper
14 1/5 × 9 4/5 in
36.1 × 24.8 cm
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