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