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Fukusuke in the Role of Yohei

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Fukusuke in the role of Yohei

by Ogawa Hyōe, 1915

Seikanji Utako dressed to perform Gosechi no Maihime

                       IHL Cat. #262                                                                    IHL Cat. #262A

About This Print

One of seven prints by the artist 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 volume 4 of the magazine, published in October 1915 and pictures the actor Nakamura Fukusuke IV in the role of Yohei in the play Uzuki no momiji 卯月の紅葉 (Red Leaves in April) staged at the Naniwa-za in Dotonbori, Osaka in August 1915. The figure in the foreground is likely the character Okame who dies in a suicide pact with Yohei, who survives and becomes a monk.

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 this Print

Source: Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/fukusuke.php and http://www.kabuki21.com/baigyoku3.php
Nakamura Fukusuke IV (Takasagoya)* - Nakamura Baigyoku III (1875-1948) took the stage name Nakamura Fukusuke IV in 1907 in Ôsaka at the Kadoza theater.  He was an outstanding Kamigata onnagata and nimaime.

*There are nine generations of Nakamura Fukusuke.  From the third to the fifth generations, the line was divided into two parallel branches, one related to the Narikomaya guild (the Nakamura Utaemon line of actors) and the other to the Takasagoya guild (Nakamura Baigyoku line of actors).

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #262 and 262A (second impression)
 Title  Fukusuke in the role of Yohei
福助  與兵衛
 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume four 新似顔 第一年四編
 Ogawa Hyōe (active c. 1915)
 No signature on print; 小川兵衛 畫 printed on page print was originally tipped to.
 Date  October 1915
 Edition  First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher  Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver and Printer  Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  #262 good - some ink offsetting on forehead
 #262A excellent
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format  koban
 H x W Paper  #262 7 1/8 x 4 1/2 (18.1 x 11.4 cm)
 #262A  7 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (18.4 x 11.4 cm)
 Collections This Print  The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0456 (artist listed as unknown); National Gallery of Australia NGA 2015.601; The British Museum 1991,1112,0.193.4 (entire magazine, only front cover shown); Art Research Center Ritsumeikan University BM-SJ193-04  (British Museum's copy of entire magazine with all pages shown)
 Reference Literature
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