Artist: Ohta Masamitsu
Title: Onoe Baiko VII- Wisteria maiden
Date: Not set
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Wednesday, 26 July 2006 Bust Portrait: The Wisteria Maiden Artist: Ota Masamitsu Format: Large oban tate-e :16.25" x 10.75" Subject: An unidentified actor in the role of The Wisteria Maiden. Print impressed mark 206 at base left. One of Ota's finest designs in virtually mint state. Ota's portraits are notable for their realistic shading and attention to detail, especially in the hands, faces, and clothing of the actors. It is interesting to compare Yamamura Toyonari's 1916 print of Oboshi Yuranosuke to Ota's 1955 print of the same role. Similar to the ukiyo-e prints of Sharaku and Toyokuni, Toyonari's simple design has a flat stylized quality rarely seen in later shin hanga. Ota's portrait is much more three-dimensional, employing the Western techniques of perspective and shading. The contrast in detail between the sharply etched actor and the blurred receding background gives his prints a wonderful sense of depth. Ota's prints emphasized the individual personality of the actors over any traditional design conventions. Date: 1949 Condition: Full size. A clean crease mark along left margin. Minor marks and flaws. Generally very fine state. Colour: Very fine Impression: Very fine with gauffrage and mica background