Evening Rain at Shukaku - the actor Nakamura Nakazo as Sadakuro, from an untitled series of actor prints

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

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; chuban.

Date:

1780

Artist:

Torii Kiyonaga
Japanese, 1752-1815

About this artwork

This work is a parody in several dimensions. “Shukaku” is the pen name of the actor Nakazô, who performed a role in the play. In a parody of the famous letter-reading scene in Act VII, the print title and a quotation by Nakazô are written in reverse in the background of the scene. The quotation suggests a then well-known series of eight paintings of Chinese rivers famous for their (imense) great beauty. Edo audiences greatly enjoyed unraveling the many implied references in works of this type. The scene in this print is based on Act V in the play; Hiroshige’s interpretation of Act V is shown nearby.

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Artist

Torii Kiyonaga

Title

Evening Rain at Shukaku - the actor Nakamura Nakazo as Sadakuro, from an untitled series of actor prints

Origin

Japan

Date

1780

Medium

Color woodblock print; chuban

Dimensions

25.0 x 18.5 cm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1936.285

Extended information about this artwork

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