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Ichikawa Danshirō as Sanbasō Dancer in Blue Kimono from the series New Portraits of New Portraits of Actors on the Stage

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ichikawa Danshirō as Sanbasō Dancer

in Blue Kimono

from the series New Portraits of Actors on the Stage

by Natori Shunsen, 1952


IHL Cat. #265

About This Print

Picturing the actor Ichikawa Danshirō III, o

ne of twenty-four prints in the last series, titled 

New Portraits of Actors on the Stage, 

Shunsen designed for the publisher Watanabe.


The Series Forms of Actors Onstage (New Portraits of Actors on the Stage)

Source: Dramatic Impressions: Japanese Theatre Prints from the Gilbert Luber Collection, Chance, Frank L. & Davis, Julie Nelson, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007, p.38 and as footnoted.    

The last phase of Shunsen’s career as a printmaker lasted for just three years – from 1951 to 1954 – and resulted in another series: Butai no sugata-e (Forms of Actors On Stage).1 This series did not meet with the critical acclaim of Shunsen's earlier prints and Kendall Brown writes "The intense emotions and melodramatic poses found in many of these prints reveal the self-parody of Shunsen's late work, the stagnation of postwar kabuki, or perhaps both.2

The Actor in the Print: Ichikawa Danshirō III
Source: Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/danshiro3.php
Real name: Kinoshi Masanori
The actor Ichikawa Danshirō III (October 5, 1908 – November 18, 1963) held this name from July 1930 to November 1963. Ichikawa Danshirō III was a tachiyaku actor, who did not reach the levels of fame of his father Ichikawa En'ō or his elder son Ichikawa Ennosuke III but was a steady mainstay of the Omodakaya guild. His best roles were Tarōgo ("Kurozuka"), Hayami no Tōta ("Yoshinoyama") and Iwanaga Saemon ("Akoya").
三代目市川段四郎【三番叟】  昭和11年9月 歌舞伎座
Ichikawa Danshirō III (Sanbasō dancer) September 1936, Kabuki-za

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.63, pl. 68. 


1 also known as Shinban butai no sugata-e and variously translated as New Portrait Prints of Actors on the Stage and Portraits of Contemporary Actors in Kabuki Plays.
2 Shin-Hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan, Kendall Brown, Hollis Goodall-Cristante, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1996, p. 53.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #265
 Title  市川段四郎 三番叟 Ichikawa Danshirō as Sanbasō Dancer [in Blue Kimono]
 Series  新版 舞台の姿絵 Shinpan butai no sugata-e (New Portraits of Actors on the Stage)
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 68
 Artist
 Natori Shunsen (1886 - 1960)
 Signature
梶蔦斎春仙画 (read as Bichōsai Shunsen ga or Kachijōsai Shunsen ga)
 Seal  artist's leaf pattern beneath signature as shown above
 Date  1953
 Edition  First and only edition
 Publisher
Watanabe Shozaboru - 6mm round publisher’s seal lower left corner
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - faint mat line along right and top sides of print and mild toning
 Miscellaneous
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e; yakusha-e
 Format  Oban tate-e
 H x W Paper  15.625 x 10.5 in. (39.7 x 26.7 cm)
 H x W Image  14.5 x 9.75 in. (36.8 x 24.6 cm)
 Collections This Print  The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0317
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonne – Ukiyoe Kabuki Gi Han Ga: Shunsen Natori (The Skill of Natori Shunsen in Kabuki Prints), Kushigata Municipal Shunsen Museum, Kushigata, Japan, 1991; Dramatic Impressions: Japanese Theatre Prints from the Gilbert Luber Collection, Chance, Frank L. & Davis, Julie Nelson, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007; Modern Japanese Prints, Dorothy Blair, The Toledo Art Museum, 1997; Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, Merviss, Newland, et. al., Hotei Publishing, 2004
 
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