C1924

Semimaru

Artist:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)

Woodblock from the series Nogaku hyakuban (One Hundred No Dramas). The scene in the Noh play Semimaru in which the brother and sister meet and embrace in a shabby straw hut, and the scene which they separate again in tears. … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Semimaru

Date:

C1924

Artist:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock.

Image Size: 

255mm 
x 380mm
AUTHENTICITY
Semimaru - Vintage Print from 1924

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1924

Description:

Woodblock from the series Nogaku hyakuban (One Hundred No Dramas).

The scene in the Noh play Semimaru in which the brother and sister meet and embrace in a shabby straw hut, and the scene which they separate again in tears.

Prince Semimaru and Princess Sakagami were born noble brother and sister as children of an emperor, but they were not allowed to enjoy an elegant lifestyle but to the contrary were forced to live under harsh conditions. These two unfortunates encounter each other in a remote area of Mount Ōsaka, whose name indicates “meeting.”

Biography:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869-1927)

Although Kogyo was born the year after the beginning of the Meiji restoration, which brought Japan into the modern Western world, he was to become famous for his depiction of scenes from the traditional Japanese theatre Noh. A talented and prolific artist he was to create over 550 prints of Noh plays.

At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to the great woodblock artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), who had married his mother. Yoshitoshi, had a “lifelong fascination with Noh” and influenced his apprentice, to appreciate all aspects of Noh perfomances. After Yoshitoshi’s death, he went on to study with the painter and woodblock artist Ogata Gekko (1859-1920), who had a more modern style, which Kogyo was to adapt for his woodblocks.

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