Collected Portraits of Shunsen (Supplement): Actor Onoe Kikugoro VI as Hayano Kanpei
(Shunsen nigao shu tsuika: Rokusei Onoe Kikugoro, Hayano Kanpei)
signed Taishido Shunsen shikai, with artist's seal Taishido, publisher's seal on the lower left margin, Hanmoto, Watanabe mokuhanga ho, with the location in Ginza, Tokyo, ca. 1931
dai oban tate-e 15 3/4 by 10 7/8 in., 40 by 27.6 cm
The actor Onoe Kikugoro VI (1885-1949) is in the role of Hayano Kanpei from the play Kanadehon Chushingura (The Treasury of the Loyal Retainers). The play was originally written as a 11-Act bunraku puppet play in 1748 but was later adopted for kabuki shortly after it was premiered. The play is based on a true story of Lord Asano Naganori's forty-seven retainers and their journey for vengeance which took place in 1703. This print depicts the retainer Hayono Kanpei in the scene from Act 5 when he goes out hunting on a rainy night and joins Hangan's retainers.
Onoe Kikugoro VI was the son of a great Meiji-era actor, Onoe Kikugoro V (1844-1903). He made his first appearance in kabuki as an infant at the Chitose Theater. In the 1920's, he was the star of the Ichimura Theater and is remembered as one of the most potent forces in 20th century kabuki.
Yamaguchi Keizoro, Shunsen Natori Exhibition Catalogue, Kushigata, 1991, p. 50, no. 47
Kozo Yamada, Shunsen Natori: Collection of the Kushigata Shunsen Museum of Art, 2002, p. 37, cat. no. 41
Lucie Folan et. al., Stars of the Tokyo Stage: Natori Shunsen's Kabuki Actor Prints, National Gallery of Australia, 2012, p. 127
(inv. no. 10-5035)
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