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Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1793) (勝川春章) - The kabuki actor Arashi Sangoro II

Katsukawa Shunsho - Actor. © Copyright 1998-2014
Katsukawa Shunsho — A hosoban print of the actor Arashi Sangoro. Published 1777. 


Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1793) (勝川春章) - The actor Arashi Sangoro II

The actor Arashi Sangoro II preformed in Edo for six seasons before September 1777, when he left for acting in Osaka and Kyoto. He seems not to have returned to the kabuki theatres in Edo.

Katsukawa Shunsho was the first artist to introduce the "realistic" actor portrait.


Size: Hosoban untrimmed.
Condition: Fine, very good colours, beautiful deep oxidisation of the bridge rails, small repair top margin.
Impression: Very fine.
Signed: Shunsho zu
Date: Ca. 1770-1776, stylistically and also the writing of the signature points towards a date of the first two or three years of the 1770s. Late Meiwa or very early Annei period.
Very rare (not in Ueda/Clark - Shunsho, Chicago Art Institute).


Provenance: Deaccessioned from the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Metropolitan Museum seal bottom right. The validity of the deaccession has been confirmed in an email exchange between us and Masako Watanabe, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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