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Gorō in the role of Kyūzaemon

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Gorō in the role of Kyūzaemon

(in the play Go taiten no oyado)  

by Natori Shunsen, 1915

The Character Kamata Tetsuysa in The Gold Demon

IHL Cat. #857

About This Print

One of 30 prints (including 2 cover prints and 1 frontispiece) designed by Natori Shunsen that appeared in the magazine Shin Nigao, whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints This print appeared in issue #5, the last issue of the magazine.  Pictured is the actor Soganoya Gorō, mainly associated with comedic roles, portraying Kyūzaemon in the performance of  御大典のお宿 Go taiten no oyado

For more information on this short-lived magazine whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints, see the article Shin Nigao Magazine.


The Actor in the Print - Soganoya Gorō (1877-1948)

Sources:website of Sakai City, Japan http://www.city.sakai.lg.jp/english/visitors/whats/notable/other.html and the Historical Dictionary of Osaka and Kyoto, Ian Martin Röpke, Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1999, p. 88.

Born in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, with the birth name of Wada Kyuichi, Soganoya Gorō is considered the father of modern Japanese comedy.  He wrote over 1,000 short comedies under the pen name Ikkai Gyojin and developed a new style of comedy, Gorogeki.  Before developing Gorogeki, he was an unsuccessful itinerant kabuki actor, but he went on to a successful acting career on the Tokyo and Osaka stage.

Other than a brief reference to a later performance of this play in 1928 at the Kabuki-za which Soganoya acted in, I can find no reference to, or synopsis of, Go taiten no oyado.


Natori Shunsen Catalogue Raisonné Entry


Catalogue Raisonné – Ukiyoe Kabuki Gi Han Ga: Shunsen Natori
(The Skill of Natori Shunsen in Kabuki Prints),
Kushigata Municipal Shunsen Museum
Kushigata, Japan; 1991, p.96, pl. 190.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #857
 Title (Description)
 五郎の久左衛門 Gorō in the role of Kyūzaemon (as shown in the catalog raisonee)
(T
he actor Soganoya Gor
ō in the role of Kyūzaemon in the play Go taiten no oyado, playing at the Shitomi-za in October 1915.)
 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume five 新似顔 第一年五編
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 190
 Artist
 Natori Shunsen (1886-1960)
 Signature
 not signed
 Seal  not sealed
 Date  1915
 Edition  First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher  Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver  Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Miscellaneous
entry in table of contents for Issue #5 of Shin Nigao
 新富座 Shintomi-za
十月狂言 October Kyōgen
御大典のお宿    go taiten no oyado
五郎 (久左衛門) Taminosuke (Otsuma)

 Genre  shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format  koban
 H x W Paper  7 3/8 x 4 5/8 in. (18.7 x 11.4 cm)
 Collections This Print  
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné – Ukiyoe Kabuki Gi Han Ga: Shunsen Natori (The Skill of Natori Shunsen in Kabuki Prints), Kushigata Municipal Shunsen Museum, Kushigata, Japan, 1991, p.96.
last revision:
11/18/2018
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