Bando Tamasaburō V as Oiwa, wife of Tamiya, and Nakamura Tokizō V as her younger sister Osode in "Yotsuya Kaidan"
Kokei has revived the 'ukiyo-e' tradition of depicting individual actors in specific performances. He does his own drawing, blockcutting and printing, unlike in traditional practice where the artist did only the drawing. While consistent with the conventions of 'ukiyo-e', the prints have a compelling power and a certain malevolence that generates an unease at odds with the purely visual pleasure of traditional 'ukiyo-e' prints.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.256.
Untitled (Two onnagata (female role) actors)
Place where the work was made
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
39.7 x 24.9 cm
Signature & date
Signed u.l., in Japanese, ink [stamped "[artist's seal]". Not dated.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Japanese prints of the 20th century, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Jun 1990–12 Aug 1990
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Floating World', Sydney, 2003, 256 (colour illus.).