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Iwai Hanshiro IV as the Wet Nurse Shigenoi (1794) - Fine Art Print

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    Every one of our prints is made using the Giclee printing process, for a museum-quality look and feel that does justice to the original art.

    Giclee printing is the gold-standard for preserving the meticulous detail and stunning colors that we love in the Japanese masters. All our prints are fade and fingerprint resistant, so you can enjoy their beauty for years to come.

    We chose to offer 12”x18” (30cm x 45cm) as this was closest to the “chuban” size sheets used for woodblock prints historically.

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  • About the Art

    This piece is taken from the play "The Colored Reins of a Loving Wife", a kabuki play that was originally written for ‘Bunraku’; puppet theatre.

    This story is one of forbidden love, a tragic tale of family honour between Shigenoi and Yosaku. Shigenoi is a 'Koshemoto', a lady’s maid or wet nurse, and Yosaku is one of Lord Umanosuke’s retainers, a Samurai. Shigenoi and Yosaku fall in love and have an illicit child, but the birth is a violation of family law and is commonly punishable by death. Yosaku is banished from the clan and Shigenoi is sentenced to death, spared only after her father commits sacrificial suicide in her place.

    Sharaku is known for his incredibly realistic portrayals of kabuki actors in an attempt at gaining psychological realism, for both the individual and for his role. He ignored his contemporaries who flattered and instead exaggerated their undesirable features; offending many actors.

    In Japan, Sharaku is named the “enigmatic ukiyo-e master” and Sharaku’s life is still very much a mystery. Although he created nearly 150 incredible prints, his working life as an artist spanned only ten months, after which he disappeared.

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