Shunsen, Natori (1886 - 1960), "Nakamura Ganjiro I as Kamiya Jihei"
|Title||Nakamura Ganjiro I as Kamiya Jihei|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Edition||First and only.|
|Reference No||The New Wave; Plate #193, pg. 161|
|Size||20 -1/4 x 10 " (large over-sized design)|
Notes: The first Shunsen woodblock design published by S. Watanabe. Signed upper right: 'Shunsen', with artist red seal. Distinctive over-sized circular S. Watanabe publisher's seal; generally only found on very early Watanabe-produced designs. Exccedingly rare. Full mica background.
In 1916, Shunsen showcased the painting The Actor Nakamura Ganjiro as Kamiya Jihei in the Gekiga tenrankai ('Exhibition of theatrical pictures') at the gallery, Gahakudo, in the Kyobashi district in Tokyo. The publisher Watanabe Shozaburo, upon seeing this painting was greatly impressed by Shunsen's talent and suggested that they collaborate on the production of actor prints. In the same year Watanabe issued a print of the original painting. This project was to be the beginning of a long fruitful relationsip between artist and publisher. - The New Wave, pg. 161