Original woodblock print, Triptych - Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) - Kabuki actors Ichikawa Sadanji, Onoe Baiko, and Sawamura Tanosuke - 1870
Toyohara Kunichika was a Japanese woodblock print artist. Talented as a child, at about thirteen he became a student of Tokyo's then-leading print maker, Utagawa Kunisada. His deep appreciation and knowledge of kabuki drama led to his production primarily of ukiyo-e actor-prints, which are woodblock prints of kabuki actors and scenes from popular plays of the time.
An alcoholic and womanizer, Kunichika also portrayed women deemed beautiful (bijinga), contemporary social life, and a few landscapes and historical scenes. He worked successfully in the Edo period, and carried those traditions into the Meiji period. To his contemporaries and now to some modern art historians, this has been seen as a significant achievement during a transitional period of great social and political change in Japan's history.
left : 345 × 228 mm
center : 343 × 233 mm
right : 350 × 224 mm
Reasonable/poor condition. extensive wear, tears, trimmed margins
- Original woodblock print, Triptych
- Region/ Country of origin
- Artist/ Maker
- Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)
- Title of artwork
- Kabuki actors Ichikawa Sadanji, Onoe Baiko, and Sawamura Tanosuke
- Good condition, see description
- 345×685×0 mm