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Reproduction Print: Lovers Under an Umbrella by Torii Kiyonobu I

SG$40.00

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Reproduction Print: Lovers Under an Umbrella by Torii Kiyonobu I

SG$40.00

Title: Lovers Under an Umbrella

Artist: Torii Kiyonobu I

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

Size of print (excluding mounting): app. 25cm (L) by 12cm (W)

Size including mounting: app. 38cm (L) by 20cm (W)

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Carrying an umbrella, hand-colored in cinnabar red and yellow, and wearing robes similarly colored, Nakamura Shi-chisaburo is shown as Chihara Sakon-no-suke and Hayakawa Hatsuse as the courtesan Okuni in a michiyuki or dance-like scene of lovers journeying to a selected site, often to commit suicide together. The play, an adaptation of Shida Kaikeizan (Rebirth of the House of Shida), was shown at the Yamamura-za in August, 1702. Kiyonobu does not employ the usual violent devices of the Torii theatrical poster style. The rhythmic quality of the drawing derives from variations in line thickness somewhat similar to hand painting. But, as is typical of early actor prints, the effect is mainly achieved by bold draughtsmanship, and naive, almost rough, carving of the outline blocks, en-hanced by simple, freely-applied hand colors.