Actorsĺ Caricatures Scribbled on Walls

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

1847-1848

Kuniyoshi produced only two triptychs and one diptych in this genre.á One triptych is titled ôLaughing Actors Scribbled on a Wallö, while the diptych and the other triptych are titled ôScribblings on the Storehouse Wallö.á The title word nitakaragura in the title is a pun on the words nita kara, meaning ôDonĺt they resemble them?öá These prints are listed as numbers 179 and 182 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á Each panel is about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

Title: Laughing White Faces Scribbled on a Wall (Hakumensh˘ kabe no mudagaki, 白面笑壁のむだ書)

Date: 1848

Key:

1. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII
2. Nakayama Bungor˘ II
3. Band˘ Shűka
4. Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV
5.
Ichikawa Kodanji IV
6. Ichimura Uzaemon XII

1. Nakamura Utaemon IV
2. Nakayama Genjűr˘
3. Onoe Kikujir˘ II
4. Iwai Kumesabur˘
III
5. Seki Sanjűr˘
III
6.
Ichikawa Kuz˘ II

1. Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V
2. ďtani Tomoemon IV
3. Onoe Tamiz˘ II
4. Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI
5. Onoe Baik˘ IV (Kikugor˘ IV)
6. ďtani Hiroemon V

Title: Scribblings on the Storehouse Wallá (Nitakaragura kabe no mudagaki, 荷宝蔵壁のむだ書)

Date: 1847-1848 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Key:

1. Band˘ Sajűr˘
2.
Ichikawa Dannosuke V
3. Nakamura Tsuruz˘
4. Nakamura Kantar˘
5. Sawamura Ujűr˘
6. Nakamura Kanemon
7.
Ichikawa Hakoemon
8.
Ichikawa Hirogor˘
9. Kataoka Toragor˘

1. Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Tsukimoto Inaba K˘suke in the play Onoe Baiju ichidai banashi
2. Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI as Yokogawa Kakuha in Yoshitsune senbon sakura
3. Nakamura Utaemon IV as Sat˘ Tadanobu Kakuhaá in Yoshitsune senbon sakura
4.
Ichikawa Shinsha
5. Sawamura Ujűr˘ Jagatara Sanz˘ in the play Sawamura saki hakata no hanabishi
6. Band˘ Shűka

1. Seki Sanjűr˘ III
2. Onoe Baik˘ IV (Kikugor˘ IV) as Hanazono in the play Sait˘ Tar˘zaemon
3. Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V as Seishichi, an assistant in a furniture shop in the play Onoe Baiju ichidai banashi
4. Osagawa Tsuneyo IV
5. Nakayama Genjűr˘
6. ďtani Hiroemon V

NOTE: This famous triptych is known as ôthe dancing cat triptychö, and its central panel is known as ôthe dancing cat printö.

Title: Scribblings on the Storehouse Wallá (Nitakaragura kabe no mudagaki, 荷宝蔵壁のむだ書)

Date: 1847-1848 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Key:

1. Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV
2. Fujikawa Kayű
III (probably)
3. Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV
4. Onoe Matsusuke
III
5. ďtani Tomoemon IV
6. Nakamura Gennosuke II
7. Azuma T˘z˘ V

 

1. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Fuwa Banzaemon in the play Mukashi katari inazuma ch˘
2. Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Yoshitsune in the play Yoshitsune senbon zakura
3. Iwai Kumesabur˘
III as Osome in the michiyuki of the play Ukina no hatsudori
4. Nakayama Bungor˘ II
5. Onoe Kikujir˘ II
6. Onoe Tamiz˘ II as Iwanaga Saemon in Dannoura kabuto gunki

In 1867, Kuniyoshiĺs student, Toyohara Kunichika, designed this print titled ôScribblings on a Storehouse Wallö (Kabe no mudagaki, 壁のむだ書).

For comparison, this is The Italians by Cy Twombly (1928-2011).á Mr. Twombly has been well known in contemporary art circles since the 1960s, and The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas has an entire building devoted to his art.

 

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