Retiring from the Kabuki Stage

A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.

Date:

1840

Artist:

Chogaku
Japanese, active late 19th century

About this artwork

Ohkuni Takamasa (1792–1871), the host of this print, was one of the most important Japanese philosophers of the 19th century. He was a leading member of the Kokugaku (Nativist) movement and conducted early research into the origins of the Japanese language, becoming an expert on Japanese waka poetry, Sanskrit, Western studies, and Daoism.

This important print was created in conjunction with two leaders of the Takemoto gidayu school of Kabuki chanters, Takemoto Kumidayu and Takemoto Masadayu. The print was created in honor of the latter, and the illustration depicts him seated on an ox, being led from the stage to his retirement. The collaboration of these three famous cultural figures of the 19th-century, along with the generous amount of relatively expensive metallic powder used in the print’s creation, suggest that the print must have had deep significance to the group that produced it.

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Asian Art

Artist

Chogaku

Title

Retiring from the Kabuki Stage

Origin

Japan

Date

1840

Medium

Color woodblock print; surimono

Dimensions

53.0 x 41.0 cm

Credit Line

Charles H. Mitchell Collection unrestricted gift

Reference Number

1972.1399

Extended information about this artwork

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