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Title

Nakamura Tokizō V as Kagaribi, wife of Takatsuna, in "Moritsuna Jinya"

1986

Artist

Tsuruya Kōkei

Japan

1946 -

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Nakamura Tokizo playing the "onnagata" role of Oto Rokushi
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
    Date
    1986
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    colour woodcut with mica
    Edition
    32/74
    Dimensions
    38.7 x 25.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink [stamped] " [artist's seal]". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by Yasuko Myer 1987
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    353.1987
    Artist information
    Tsuruya Kōkei

    Works in the collection

    5

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  • About

    Born into a family of painters, Kôkei spent brief years as an office worker before he began making woodblock prints of kabuki actors in 1978. He taught himself all the necessary printmaking skills with the motto of 'self-learning, self-creating, self-executing'. The extent of his technical skill is evident in his use of ultra-sheer 'ganpi paper', which retains the intensity of the ink but is difficult to work with. All Kôkei's prints depict kabuki actors and he is the official artist of a kabuki theatre. Most of his prints employ the traditional format - 'okubi-e' or 'large head picture'- in which the tension and emotion of the figure are captured by exaggerated facial expressions and hand gestures.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 285.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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