Kiyohiro (1708-1776)

Kabuki Actor Onoe Kikugoro

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Kiyohiro (1708-1776)
Kabuki Actor Onoe Kikugoro
Woodblock Print
c. 1756
14.25" x 6.5"
Torii Kiyohiro sho
Very fine color and impression, very good state, light surface soiling


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Matsumura Yahei

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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