Natori Shunsen 名取春仙: Matsumoto Koshiro VII 代目松本幸四郎 (Sold)

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Artist: Natori Shunsen 名取春仙
Title: Matsumoto Koshiro  VII 代目松本幸四郎
Series: Supplement to Collection of Portraits by Shunsen 
Date: 1929

Arresting portrait of Matsumoto Koshiro VII as Ikyu. His snow-white beard and hair features blindprinting; it stands out against the deep grey mica background. In contrast is his dragon robe, printed in vibrant colors. He grasps the hilt of his sword and narrows his eyes in concentration. The scene is from the kabuki drama “Sukeroku: Flower of Edo” (Sukeroku: Yukari no Edo zakura). One of the artist’s finest kabuki designs, created with the unparalleled woodblock printing finesse of the early Showa period.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: 40 x 27.1 cm
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Literature: Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, 2015, number 44, page 96 and full page image, page 80. See BM, MIA, Legion of Honor, National Gallery of Australia online.