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【Streaming Video】 Introducing the alluring attributes of Yakusha-e

This is a compilation documentary of the 76th Course of Traditional Performing Arts: “Utagawa Toyokuni – Let’s Go to See Eminent Kabuki Actors from the Edo Period - in Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of Toyokuni’s Birth”, held on October 14, 2019.
Utagawa Toyokuni I (1769-1825) had created countless artworks, mainly during the Bunka-Bunsei period (1804-1830); and his works of Yakusha-e became exceptional among all in terms of both quality and quantity. During the period, Kabuki was in its heyday, and aspired Toyokuni to elaborate his works of portraying popular actors admired by common people.
In the first part of the video Ms. Kanematsu Aiko - curator of Fujisawa Ukiyo-e Museum, explains the tips for distinguishing actor prints by showing references of Kabuki stars from the Bunka-Bunsei period.
The video subsequently unveils the characteristics of Yakusha-e, by presenting the works exhibited in the Special Exhibition: “Utagawa Toyokuni I – Yakusha-e of Utagawa School - in Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of Toyokuni’s Birth” (October 2, 2019 – January 27, 2020); and sharing the unique appearances and anecdotes of the actors.

【Watch the Video】 (Below is link to YouTube.)
◆Course on Traditional Performing Arts: “Utagawa Toyokuni – Let’s Go to See Eminent Kabuki Actors of Edo Period – How to Appreciate Yakusha-e”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlJE8XhIf3s

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