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Yoshikawa Kanpo, 1894-1979
Kanpos Creative Prints, First Series: Ichikawa Sadanji II as Hishikawa Gengobei
(Kanpo Sosaku-Hanga Shu Daiishu: Ichikawa Sadanji II)
with mica ground; dated Taisho juninen aki (Taisho 12 , autumn), and signed, KanpoSato Sho Han (Sato Shotaro), limited edition label numbered on verso, Shusatsu nihyaku mai zeppan Sato Shotaro Kaiban, Kyoto shi Nawate dori benzaiten cho dai hachijuichi go (200 limited edition, produced by Sato Shotaro, followed by the publisher's Kyoto address, print number 81).
dai oban tate-e 16 5/8 by 10 7/8 in., 42.3 by 27.7 cm
An okubi-e portrait of the actor wearing muted colors; he wears a black haori over a dark green plaid kimono with navy blue collar. His simple make-up highlights his eyes and the lines of his firmly shut mouth. The richly applied dark grey mica background is reminiscent of the prints of Toshusai Sharaku (fl. ca. 1794-95).
This design is the fourth from a series of six published by Sato Shotaro from 1922-1924 with the blocks carved by Maeda Kentaro and printed by Oiwa Tokuzo in limited editions of 200.
Amy Reigle Newland, The New Wave: Twentieth Century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 1993, p. 172, pl. 214
Amy Reigle Stevens, Printed to Perfection: Twentieth Century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 2004, p. 93, pl. 78; pp. 120-121 (play summary)