Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III (1786-1865) Actors Fukusuke Nakamura, Ichizo Ichikawa, (centre sheet), Nizaemon Kataoka, Hikosaburo Bando, (right) Viewing Cherry Blossom, 1857. Oban Triptych.
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There is little to write about this stunning triptych, except really to sit back and admire the great beauty of this venerable cherry tree acting as an imposing backdrop to a group of kabuki actors. It is most likely that these were the stars of the new season of performances and that this was issued as a fan piece… a rather elaborate and beautiful way to collect an ensemble print of favourite kabuki stars. Of course the parallels with contemporary movie posters are obvious, but this print has a rare beauty and serenity.
The colour and impression are all fine, the condition is very good with superb bokashi, graduated shading and very bold woodgrain in the background, a few edge frits but otherwise fine. Full size.
Published by Mikawaya Tetsugoro.
74.5 x 36 cm.