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Reproduction Print: A Universal Brocade of a Homeward Journey

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Reproduction Print: A Universal Brocade of a Homeward Journey

SG$40.00

Title: Ichikawa Komazo II and Naka-yama Tomisaburo in A Universal Brocade of a Homeward Journey

Artist: Toshusai Sharaku

Details: A reproduction print, mounted on white paper. Fine. Comes with a description in Japanese and English.

Size of print (excluding mounting): app. 38cm (L) by 25cm (W)

Size including mounting: app. 45cm (L) by 32cm (W)

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Ichikawa Komazo portrays the lover Chubei, and Naka-yama Tomisaburo his beloved, the courtesan Umegawa, in a dance-like movement symbolic of a lovers’ flight.

The scene is from Yomo Nishiki Kokyo no Tabij (A Universal Brocade of a Homeward Journey), presented as a supplementary number to Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi (Apparition at the Yaguchi Ferry Crossing), staged at the Kiri-za in August, 1794.

This print is the only one of seven full-length double portraits from Sharaku’s second period which employs a dark mica ground; the others all have a light pink mica ground. In composing this design, Sharaku ingeniously allowed only a glimpse of the umbrella. Both emotional content and unity are given the composition by a sweeping linear rhythm and by drawing the lovers holding the umbrella together while symmetrically extending their free hands.

Komazo, who was later dubbed High-Nosed Koshiro, is recorded in Kabuki Nempyo (Kabuki Yearbook) to have been an impressive actor, especially skilled in erotic scenes. Tomisaburo’s portrayals were termed colorful, replete with charm, and incomparable in their depiction of feminine sentiments.