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Buncho Ippitsusai : “Segawa Kikunojo” (1769)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

This narrow yakusha-e print depicts the kabuki actor Segawa Kikunojo, a popular performer of female roles The artist, Ippitsusai Buncho, together with Katsukawa Shunsho, is known for having developed kabuki portraits based upon actual likeness, rather than stereotyped faces. “Of all the followers of Shunsho,” wrote William Lawrence Keane for The Century Magazine in 1912, “the work of Ippitsu-sai Buncho ranks above that of all other artists in point of beauty of design and exquisite coloring….his pictures have a grace and distinction about them acquired by no other artist of the actor prints.”

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