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Utagawa Toyokuni I, ‘Portrait of the actor Ichikawa Yaozô III in the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune’, 1796, Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet
Utagawa Toyokuni I, ‘Portrait of the actor Ichikawa Yaozô III in the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune’, 1796, Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet
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Portrait of the actor Ichikawa Yaozô III in the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, 1796

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

Censor's seal: kiwame

Censor's seal: kiwame

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Signed : Toyokuni ga
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© DR - MNAAG
Utagawa Toyokuni I
Japanese, 1769–1825
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Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Toyokuni catapulted the eponymous Utagawa School to fame with his prints of elegant courtesans and actors, book illustrations, and paintings. He had a strong reputation during his lifetime and taught a host of talented students who carried on the traditions of the Utagawa School, including Utagawa Kunisada and Kuniyoshi. Toyokuni drew inspiration from the famous contemporary artists around him, particularly from Kitagawa Utamaro. During the early 1790s, his output mainly consisted of portraits of courtesans, who bear an elegance and idealism indicative of the period. These works set a standard for bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) for Ukiyo-e artists for generations to come. Through the 1790s and 1800s, Toyokuni not only captured actors’ stage roles, but also their private lives and individual personalities in his yakusha-e (actor prints).

Utagawa Toyokuni I, ‘Portrait of the actor Ichikawa Yaozô III in the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune’, 1796, Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet
Utagawa Toyokuni I, ‘Portrait of the actor Ichikawa Yaozô III in the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune’, 1796, Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet
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About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet
Paris

Censor's seal: kiwame

Censor's seal: kiwame

Medium
Print
Signature
Signed : Toyokuni ga
Image rights
© DR - MNAAG
Utagawa Toyokuni I
Japanese, 1769–1825
Follow

Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Toyokuni catapulted the eponymous Utagawa School to fame with his prints of elegant courtesans and actors, book illustrations, and paintings. He had a strong reputation during his lifetime and taught a host of talented students who carried on the traditions of the Utagawa School, including Utagawa Kunisada and Kuniyoshi. Toyokuni drew inspiration from the famous contemporary artists around him, particularly from Kitagawa Utamaro. During the early 1790s, his output mainly consisted of portraits of courtesans, who bear an elegance and idealism indicative of the period. These works set a standard for bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) for Ukiyo-e artists for generations to come. Through the 1790s and 1800s, Toyokuni not only captured actors’ stage roles, but also their private lives and individual personalities in his yakusha-e (actor prints).

Portrait of the actor Ichikawa Yaozô III in the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, 1796

Oban format polychrome woodblock print (nishiki-e)
15 2/5 × 10 2/5 in
39 × 26.5 cm
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