Selected Fine Performances of Actors for the Eight Views

(Mitate saiku yakusha hakkei, 見立細工役者八景)

Publisher: Shimizu-ya

c. 1834

 

In eleventh century China, eight views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers developed as a formalized series of landscape paintings. They represented views of the rivers and wetlands around Lake Dongting. The same eight views–autumn moon, lingering snow, evening glow, vesper bells, returning boats, clearing weather, night rain and homing geese–are likened to performances by kabuki actors in this series of prints.  The series is listed as number 167 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.

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View: Autumn moon

 

Kuniyoshi - Selected Fine Performances of Actors for the 8 Views (R167), actor as Kinokuniya, Autumn moon (blue)

 

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Kuniyoshi - Selected Fine Performances of Actors for the 8 Views (R167), actor as Kinokuniya, Evening snow

 

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Description: Actor as Kinokuniya Bosetsu (紀伊国屋 暮雪)

View: Lingering snow

 

 

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View: Evening glow

 

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View: Vesper bells

 

Kuniyoshi - Selected Fine Performances of Actors for the 8 Views (R167), actor as Kinokuniya, Vesper bells (blue)

 

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Kuniyoshi - Selected Fine Performances of Actors for the 8 Views (R167), actor as Owariya, Returning sails

 

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View: Returning sails

 

Kuniyoshi - Selected Fine Performances of Actors for the 8 Views (R167), Clearing Weather at Daiko-ya (Daiko-ya seiran), actor Iwai Hanshiro VI in a female role holding a cricket cage

 

Kuniyoshi - Selected Fine Performances of Actors for the 8 Views (R167), Clearing Weather at Daiko-ya (Daiko-ya seiran), actor Iwai Hanshiro VI in a female role holding a cricket cage (blue)

 

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View: Night rain

 

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View: Homing geese

 

 

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