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TSURUYA Kôkei

(Japan 1946 – )

Title
Bando Tamasaburō V as Oiwa, wife of Tamiya, and Nakamura Tokizō V as her younger sister Osode in "Yotsuya Kaidan"
Other titles:
Two onnagata
Untitled (Two onnagata (female role) actors)
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
Year
1983
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour woodcut
Dimensions

39.7 x 24.9 cm

Signature & date
Signed u.l., in Japanese, ink [stamped "[artist's seal]". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1984
Accession number
83.1984
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Floating World', Sydney, 2003, 256 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Japanese prints of the 20th century, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Jun 1990–12 Aug 1990