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Shunjo (act. c. 1778 - 1787)

Kabuki Actor Sawamura Sojuro III

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1780
Size (H x W): 13 x 5.75 (inches)
Provenance: Michener
Signature: Shunjo ga
Condition: Very good color and impression, very small ink mark on top, small light adhesive on reverse.

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Another impression of this design can be found in the Tokyo National Museum.

About the artist

Active during the late 18th century, Shunjo Katsukawa was a pupil of Shunsho. Though little is known about his life, Shunjo is considered a talented member of the Kastukawa school, noted for his attention to gesture and incorporation of stage props into his compositions. Active primarily during the mid-1780s, Shunjo produced single-sheet actor prints in the Katsukawa style and illustrated many kibyoshi (popular illustrated fiction books identifiable by their yellow cover) and play bills. Though his birth date remains unknown, he is known to have died in 1787.