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Shunei (1762 - 1819)

Sumo Wrestler Nishikigi Tsukagoro

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1809
Size (H x W): 14.5 x 9.5 (inches)
Publisher: Nishimuraya
Seals: Kiwame
Signature: Shunei ga
Condition: Very good color, impression and state. Timmed.



First Tournament: February 1806

Highest Rank: Nishi-Komusubi 1813

In September 1812, he caused the death of the 19 year old, young hope, at the Sumo Tournament and he never recovered from the tragedy. He retired in 1813, and passed away in July of 1821.

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.