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Shunei (1762 - 1819)

Kabuki Actor Otani Oniji III

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1792
Size (H x W): 12 x 5.25 (inches)
Seals: Vever
Provenance: Vever
Signature: Shunei ga
Condition: Very good color, impression, and state, three very small pin holes.



Another impression of this print can be found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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.