Tōshūsai Sharaku


Tōshūsai Sharaku

▪ Japanese artist
original name  Saitō Jūrōbei , pseudonym  Sharaku  
flourished 1794–95, , Japan

      one of the most original Japanese artists of the Ukiyo-e movement (paintings and prints of the “floating world”).

      Tōshūsai is said to have been a nō actor in Awa province (now Tokushima prefecture). His extant works consist of fewer than 160 prints, chiefly of actors. These prints of actors, especially the okubi-e, or half-length portraits, are striking for their intensity and for an exaggeration verging on caricature. Unlike other Ukiyo-e artists, Sharaku did not make idealized portraits but tried to penetrate the actors' characters and to show them in poses revealing their ways of acting. Even the most handsome actor of the time, Matsumoto Yonesaburō, who played female roles, appears in Sharaku's portrait as a thick-necked, ungainly male.

      Sharaku was not a very popular artist; only after his work became highly regarded by Westerners was he fully recognized by the Japanese. He used a mica ground with black sheen for his portraits until the practice was prohibited by the government.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Tōshūsai Sharaku — Sharaku: Die Kabuki Schauspieler Bandō Zenji (links) als Namazubōzu Kisadobō und Sawamura Yodogorō als Kawatsura Hōgen in dem Stück „Yoshitsune Sembonzakura“, das am 5. Mai 1794 aufgeführt wurde …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Toshusai Sharaku — Sharaku: Die Kabuki Schauspieler Bandō Zenji (links) als Namazubōzu Kisadobō und Sawamura Yodogorō als Kawatsura Hōgen in dem Stück „Yoshitsune Sembonzakura“, das am 5. Mai 1794 aufgeführt wurde …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Toshusai Sharaku — Sharaku Sharaku : Les acteurs de Kabuki Bando Zenji (à gauche, dans le rôle de Onisadobo) and Sawamura Yodogoro II (à droite, dans le rôle de Kawatsura Hogen), dans la pièce Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune, des Mille Cerisiers); 1794,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tōshūsai Sharaku — Este artículo está titulado de acuerdo a la onomástica japonesa, en que el apellido precede al nombre. Los actores kabuki Bandō Zenji y Sawamura Yodogorō, 1794. Tōshūsai Sharaku (東洲斎写楽 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Sharaku — Sharaku: Die Kabuki Schauspieler Bandō Zenji (links) als Namazubōzu Kisadobō und Sawamura Yodogorō als Kawatsura Hōgen in dem Stück „Yoshitsune Sembonzakura“, das am 5. Mai 1794 aufgeführt wurde …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sharaku — Sharaku : Les acteurs de Kabuki Bando Zenji (à gauche, dans le rôle de Onisadobo) et Sawamura Yodogoro II (à droite, dans le rôle de Kawatsura Hogen), dans la pièce Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune, des Mille Cerisiers) ; 1794,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sharaku — Tōshūsai Sharaku (active 1794 1795) (Japanese: 東洲斎写楽) is widely considered to be one of the great masters of the woodblock printing in Japan. Little is known of him, besides his ukiyo e prints; neither his true name nor the date of his death are… …   Wikipedia

  • Sharaku —   [ʃ ], eigentlich Tōshūsai Sharaku [ ʃuː ], Meister des japanischen Farbholzschnitts, 1794/95 in Edo (heute Tokio) tätig; schuf etwa 140 aggressiv satirische Schauspielerporträts, v. a. Brustbilder mit großen, breit ins Bild gesetzten Köpfen… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Sharaku (manga) — Infobox animanga/Header name = Sharaku caption = Cover for the printed volume of Sharaku ja name = 帝都女記者伝 写・らく ja name trans = Teito Jokishaden Sha raku genre = HistoricalInfobox animanga/Manga title = Sharaku author = Go Nagai Dynamic… …   Wikipedia

  • SHARAKU (TOSHUSAI) — On ne sait à peu près rien de la vie de T 拏sh sai Sharaku, qui est pourtant une des figures les plus marquantes de l’Ukiyo e. Il apparaît comme un isolé, n’appartenant à aucun groupe, à aucune école. Le peu de renseignements que donnent les… …   Encyclopédie Universelle


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.