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Sharaku (1794) Ichikawa Omezō I as Tomita Hyōtarō

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Sharaku (1794) Ichikawa Omezō I as Tomita Hyōtarō

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Hosoban ukiyo-e yakusha-e print

Public domain photograph of Japanese art, 18th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Toshusai Sharaku was a Japanese ukiyo-e printmaker and artist who worked in the late 18th century. He produced a series of portraits of Kabuki actors which are highly regarded for their expressive power and dramatic intensity. Sharaku's prints are characterised by bold lines, strong contrasts of light and dark and a sense of psychological insight into his subjects. Despite his short career, Sharaku is considered one of the most important artists in the history of ukiyo-e and his prints are still highly sought after by collectors. However, little is known about his life and career and his true identity remains a mystery.

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