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Shunei (1762 - 1819)

Kabuki Actor Matsumoto Koshiro IV

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1785
Size (H x W): 12.25 x 5.75 (inches)
Signature: Shunei ga
Condition: Good color, very good impression, surface soiling and wear, vertical crease, small repairs near bottom edge.

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It is possible that this print is part of a diptych with the actor Nakamura Nakazo I. Though the precise date of the production pictured is unknown, the two actors performed together during the late 1770s and 1788-1789.

Other impressions of this print can be found in institutions such as Waseda University Theatre Museum, Tokyo, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (diptych).

About the artist

A student of Shunsho, Shunei Katsukawa was a prolific and successful woodblock print artist. Most active from the mid-1780s through the 1790s, his earliest known work is an illustrated book published in 1782. He is credited as one of the first artists to popularize the emerging okubi-e, or “big head,” style portraits. In addition to actor prints, Shunei designed studies of sumo wrestlers. A contemporary of Toyokuni I and Sharaku, Shunei’s prints are distinctive in their active, yet balanced compositions and dramatic flair.