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Japanese Color Etching


by Ōuchi Makoto, 1983


IHL Cat. #869

About This Print

The artist's rendering of multiple scenes from the Kabuki play Shibaraku are presented to us like a 3-dimensional pop-up book.  The Ōuchi cube appears as it does in so many of his prints.  The hero Kamakura no Gongoro Kagemasa appears on the left page with the right page being composed of the female characters Katsura-no-mae and Taruha along with a Hiroshige-like mountain (see below).  Ōuchi's name in the red cartouche along with an embossed double arch complete the picture.

Ōuchi often paid homage to the great ukiyo-e print masters and here he does so again by appropriating a mountain from Utagawa Hiroshige's print The Lake at Hakone from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road.

Hiroshige, The Lake at Hakone, c. 1833
from the series

Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #869
 Title  Shibaraku (暫)
 Ōuchi Makoto (1926-1989)
 Ōuchi M (in pencil) and 大内(Ōuchi) in image
 Seal  artist's Ōuchi seal
 Publication Date  1983
 Edition  68 of 100
 Publisher  self-published
 Printer  self-printed
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - very minor mat burn
 Genre  contemporary
 Miscellaneous  artist has used a flecked paper.  The flecks are sometimes mistaken for foxing/
 H x W Paper  18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. (61.3 x 46.7 cm)
 H x W Area of Etching Plate
 15 1/2 x 21 3/8 in. (54.3 x 39.4 cm)
 Collections This Print  British Museum 1995,1019,0.25
 Reference Literature