Jul 3, 2014

Sanjo Kantaro as a Young Woman Standing in a Wisteria Arbor

Sanjo Kantaro as a Young Woman Standing in a Wisteria Arbor

c. early or mid 1730s

Torii Kiyonobu I 鳥居 清信

(Japanese, 1664–1729)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 29.8 x 15.2 cm (11 3/4 x 6 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1128



This rare, hand-colored print incorporates a technique called urushi-e, literally "lacquer picture," in which the artist paints deer glue over areas of black pigment, producing a lustrous effect reminiscent of lacquer. Metal filings were sometimes sprinkled onto the pigment for decorative effect. Kiyonobu’s prints are characteristically hand-colored and outlined in black. Inspired by a family tradition of painters of Kabuki posters, Kiyonobu created prints mainly of actors and scenes from plays.

See also
Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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