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Japanese Color Etching


by Ōuchi Makoto, 1983


IHL Cat. #869

About This Print

The artist's rendering of multiple scenes from the Kabuki play Shibaraku are presented to us like a 3-dimensional pop-up book.  The Ōuchi cube appears as it does in so many of his prints.  The hero Kamakura no Gongoro Kagemasa appears on the left page with the right page being composed of the female characters Katsura-no-mae and Taruha along with a Hiroshige-like mountain (see below).  Ōuchi's name in the red cartouche along with an embossed double arch complete the picture.

Ōuchi often paid homage to the great ukiyo-e print masters and here he does so again by appropriating a mountain from Utagawa Hiroshige's print The Lake at Hakone from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road.

Hiroshige, The Lake at Hakone, c. 1833
from the series

Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #869
 Title Shibaraku (暫)
 Ōuchi Makoto (1926-1989)
 Ōuchi M (in pencil) and 大内(Ōuchi) in image
大内Ōuchi Makoto 
 Publication Date 1983
 Edition 68 of 100
 Publisher  self-published
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - very minor mat burn
 Genre contemporary
 Miscellaneous artist has used a flecked paper.  The flecks are sometimes mistaken for foxing/
 H x W Paper 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. (61.3 x 46.7 cm)
 H x W Image
 15 1/2 x 21 3/8 in. (54.3 x 39.4 cm) Area of Etching Plate
 Collections This Print British Museum 1995,1019,0.25
 Reference Literature