Actors Segawa Kikunojo III and Bando Mitsugoro II

Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I 歌川豊国 (1769-1825)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1798
Ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 38.8 x 26 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/4 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, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kabuki, oban, portrait, theater, ukiyo-e
Provenance research underway.

In this print, the famous and versatile actor Segawa Kikunojo III (1751-1810) plays a female role in a scene with the actor Bando Mitsugoro II (1741-1829). In Toyokuni's prints, actors in male and female roles are shown in full figure, thus focusing on the contrasting poses, expressions, and costumes through which they enacted various characters. Toyokuni's prints display careful composition, such as the judicious use of black accents that call attention to the contrasting demeanors of the serene, elegant lady at left and the unsettled, rough man at right.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 25, pp. 102-103.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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