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KOKEI, Tsuruya
(born 1946)
The actors, Ichikawa Ennosuke III (born 1939) as Otomi,
and Ichikawa Danshiro IV (born 1946) as Komori no Yasuzo
in the kabuki play, Kirare Otomi.
From: Kabuki-za okubi-e series 9, no. 2. - Work no. #137.

Artist' seal:                  Kokei-no in
Date:                             September 1992
Size:                              dai-oban (38.3 x 24.4 cms)

Hand-numbered: #57. Limited edition of  90 impressions only.
Print comes with a certificate, hand-stamped by the artist.

Condition:   EXCELLENT impression and color. MINT.

ref. no.: #520338
Price:  € 1,150.00

Tsuru-ya Kokei is the official artist of the Kabuki-za ('-Theater') in Tokyo and only started his career as a woodblock print artist in 1978. Unlike earlier ukiyo-e artists, Kokei does his own carving and printing. He uses the extremely delicate ganpi paper for his work. After a limited number of prints has been made, Kokei destroys the blocks by carving his name across them (view picture at right):

Most of his prints are bust portraits reminiscent of the type developed by Sharaku in the late 18th century.
On the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the Kabuki-za in 1988, the Pacific Asia Musuem, Pasadena, Ca., honored Kokei with a major exhibition of his work.

At right:

Photograph of the actor Ichikawa Ennosuke III; from a brochure of a kabuki theater performance, with plays starring the actor, on the occasion of the "Japan Week" held in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1993.

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