Kuniyoshi: Drawing of an actor during a fight
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Drawing of an actor during a fight
Date: ca 1840s
Portrait of Sawamura Sôjurô V (?). Possibly a scene from the night attack of the Soga Brothers. We see the cartouche outlining the area where Kuniyoshi’s signature and seals will reside. There are three areas of pentimenti. The right arm that was grasping a stick now holds a circular object, from which a liquid is pouring out onto the ground. The face has been turned from looking right to looking left. From the Sotheby’s purchase album of 1992.
A wonderful example of the artist’s method of working out a design. The left arm now holds up his outer coat.
Condition: Very good condition; unbacked.
Dimensions: 320mm x 222mm