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Nakamura Utaemon VI as the Courtesan Yatsuhashi

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Ōta Masamitsu, Nakamura Utaemon VI as the Courtesan Yatsuhashi, 1954, color woodblock print, Gift of Mrs. Fay Kramer, © unknown, research required, 91.48.1B

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Title

Nakamura Utaemon VI as the Courtesan Yatsuhashi

Related Titles

Series Title: Gendai butai geika (Flowers of the Modern Stage)

Artist

Ōta Masamitsu (Japanese, 1893-1975)

Date

1954

Medium

color woodblock print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 14 3/4 in x 10 1/16 in; sheet: 16 1/2 in x 10 7/8 in

Collection Area

Asian Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Japanese Modern Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Fay Kramer

Accession Number

91.48.1B

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

actors

Japanese woodblock prints

relief printing

relief prints

woodcut

Description

Nakamura Utaemon VI (1917-2001) was the dominant onnagata actor of the second half of the 20th century. Although he was far from handsome--he had a nose like the beak of a hawk--he so thoroughly mastered feminine movements and gestures that he was mesmerizing on stage. He took the stage name Utaemon VI in 1951, only three years before this print was made, and performed under that name until his retirement in December 1988. His extravagant costume and headress in this print is for his role as Yatsuhashi, a famous courtesan who became the obsession of a wealthy farmer.

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