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The actors Onoe Kikugorō V as the ghost of Saijirō (above), Bandō Kakitsu I as Kanbara Mikinosuke and Onoe Matsusuke as the attendant Gonbei (below)

1887


Artist

Toyohara Kunichika

Japan

1835 - 1900


About

From about the age of 12, Toyohara Kunichika studied under the renowned artist Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III, 1786–1865). Kunichika was a committed kabuki fan and his work often showed scenes from famous plays with great actors captured at particularly dramatic moments. His use of the vertical format was especially suited to portraying the extended diaphanous forms of ghosts. In ‘The tale of the Inaba novice on a rainy evening’, a bloodied spectral character played by the actor Onoe Kikugorō V rises above his co-stars. The fireball (hitodama) signifies the otherworldliness of the scene.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1887


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodblock print; ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

diptych 74.2 x 25.2 cm


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018


Location

Not on display


Accession number

283.2018


Artist information

Toyohara Kunichika

Works in the collection

18


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2019–08 Mar 2020