Segawa Kikunojo - Kabuki, 1930s
Ink on paper
15 1/2 in. x 6 13/16 in. (39.37 cm x 17.27 cm)
While this image originated during the Edo period, the print displayed here was a recarved edition, created during the 1930s. The paper is sand colored.
The subject is the Kabuki actor Segawa Kikunojo, in "Roko." The actor was also known as "Roko." He was a much celebrated "onnagata," a specialist in female roles. Here, he plays one such role.
Torii Kiyomitsu was born in 1735 as the son of Kiyonobu II. A prominent artist, he was well known for his refined "hashira-e" (long format) bijin prints. (artelino.com)
Signature: Torii Kiyomitsu
ink on paper
Color woodblock print depicting renowned kabuki actor Segawa Kikunojo playing the role of a female.
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