The Actor Arashi Rikon II as Kowari Dennai

Artist: Ryūsai Shigeharu 柳斎重春 (1803-1853)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1832
Ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 37.3 x 25.1 cm (14 11/16 x 9 7/8 in)
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

actor, Anne van Biema collection, bokashi, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kabuki, oban, portrait, snow, theater, ukiyo-e, yakusha-e
Provenance research underway.

Arashi Rikan II here plays the role of Kowari Dennai who is standing on a snow-covered boulder as he holds a rifle in one hand. Rikan II succeeded his father, the renowned Osaka star Arashi Kichisaburo II (Rikan I), assuming his father's rivalry with Nakamura Utaemon III. This print, designed by the artist Shigeharu, who was a native of Nagasaki, displays the extraordinarily high artistic quality he achieved in Osaka. From 1826, when he changed his name to Ryusai Shigeharu, he produced high-quality prints that rivaled those of Hokushu. The subtly graded color and exquisite printing in this image reveal the artistry of Shigeharu's prints.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 318, p. 346.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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