The Actor Nakamura Utaemon III as Kanda Yogoro

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Maker(s)
Artist: Hokushu (fl. ca. 1810-1832)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1822
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 39 x 27.4 cm (15 3/8 x 10 13/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Anne van Biema collection
Accession Number
S2004.3.260
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
actor, Anne van Biema collection, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kabuki, oban, poems, portrait, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance, yakusha-e
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004

Label

In this print, which is the right print of a triptych, Nakamura Utaemon III appears, raising his truncheon against the character played by Ichikawa Ebijuro I in the left print (see S2004.3.261). He plays a kabuki policemen known as torite. The center print, which represents the actor Nakamura Tomijuro II (Matsue III) in the role of a courtesan, is not in this collection. The bold, patterned background, a common feature in Osaka actor prints, is rendered in reserve, and is based on the actor's family crest. A poem inscribed on the print, for Utaemon, praises Shikan, the actor's poetry name:

Playing to packed houses,
Shikan's dramatic stances
are just so "arresting"
that fans really feel
"there's nowhere to escape!"

Translation of poems by John T. Carpenter

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 48, pp. 148-149.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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