Jun 25, 2014

Ichimura Takenojo and Sanjo Kantaro as a Pair of Lovers in the Yoshiwara

Ichimura Takenojo and Sanjo Kantaro as a Pair of Lovers in the Yoshiwara

early 1720s

Torii Kiyonobu I 鳥居 清信

(Japanese, 1664-1729)

Hand-colored woodblock print

Image: 31.1 x 15.2 cm (12 1/4 x 6 in.)

Gift of Jeptha H. Wade in honor of Emily V. Wade 1974.80

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Kiyonobu's prints are usually hand-colored and outlined in black. They often depict actors and scenes from plays. Kiyonobu's was largely responsible for introducing theater prints as commercial products. He is regarded as the founder of the Torii school, which with its close relationship to the theater, dominated printmaking for 75 years until the appearance of Shunsho in the late 1700s.

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