Snow; Onoe Baiko as Iwakura Sogen
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Snow; Onoe Baiko as Iwakura Sogen, 1890
Ink on Paper
14 1/4 in. x 28 3/8 in. (361.95 mm x 720.73 mm)
Stevenson, John, et.al. Beauty and Violence: Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi 1839-1892. Society for Japanese Arts, 1992, pg. 90.
On mat, in pencil: Marer 423. Seals: right panel - upper right and lower right; left panel - lower right. Signed: Yoshitoshi ga. Artist's seal: Yoshitoshi. Carver: Hori Yu.
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban; triptych.
"This print depicts the famous actor Onoe Kikugoro V [also known as Onoe Baiko V] (1844-1903) impersonating the Buddhist monk Iwakura Seigen in the play “Hana fubuki.” In the scene, Seigen dwells over his tragic decision to break all vows of chastity for the love of a courtesan. The monk’s lean, bent frame intersects with the snow-laden pine branches in the image, making reference to the weight they both bear, be it physical or psychological."
(EN, student in 2010 seminar ARHI154 Japanese Prints)
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