SHUNSEN -- "Nakamura Ganjiro II as Kamiya Jihei in Kamiji"

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Artist Natori SHUNSEN (1886-1960)
Title "Nakamura Ganjiro II as Kamiya Jihei in Kamiji"
Date 1952
Provenance Consigned by a discriminating eastcoast USA collector.
Series "New Prints of Actors on the Stage"
("Shin Han Butai no Sugatae")
(Aka: "Thirty Portraits of Contemporary Actors," 1951-54)
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 9 3/4 x 14 3/4
Impression Very Fine.
Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to head-covering; baren "sujizuri" (circles) to head-covering; nicely visible "woodgrain" to grey background; highly detailed carving, crisp "key-lines."
Condition Nearly Excellent.
Excellent colors. Clean front and verso. (Few surface scratches--otherwise flawless.)
No prior mounts.
Reference/Illus "Natori Shunsen Catalogue Raisonne," Kushigata Municipal Museum.
Comments A striking print--from Shunsen's second series, "Thirty Portraits of Contemporary Actors" (1951-54), which Watanabe lavishly produced in a second collaboration with Shunsen following WWII.
Item # MM-16
Price $1075 (Sold--MH)