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Kiyohiro (1708-1776)

Kabuki Actor Onoe Kikugoro

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#JP1-21640
Kiyohiro (1708-1776)
Kabuki Actor Onoe Kikugoro
Medium:
Woodblock Print
Date:
c. 1756
Size:
14.25" x 6.5"
Signature:
Torii Kiyohiro sho
Condition:
Very fine color and impression, very good state, light surface soiling

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Details

Publisher:
Matsumura Yahei
Seals:
Kiyohiro

About the artist

The Torii school represented the mainstream ukiyo-e culture during the second half of the 18th century. Though one of the most beloved artists of the Torii school, little is known about Kiyohiro. Producing the majority of his works during the 1750s and 1760s, he mainly designed benizuri-e (rose-colored pictures), an early form of color printing. Characterized by a pink and green color scheme, these works could include up to five different hues. This color could be printed or applied by hand. Kiyohiro worked in a variety of sizes, each print bearing an aspect of distance, a magic just out of reach. He is known for his clean, flowing line and a strong geometric presence. The majority of Kiyohiro’s works present young men and women in genre scenes, or actor prints. His prints suggest the influence of his contemporaries Kiyomitsu and Toyonobu.

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