More Katsukawa family
Another exhibit of the prolific Katsukawa family
went up at the Buckingham Gallery last week
(the only museum space in the A.I.C. unaffected
by the extensive remodeling
Katsukawa Shun'ei, 1790,
The Sumo Wrestler Kurogumo Otozo
with the teahouse waitress Naniwa Okita
And I guess I've fallen for the youngest member,
whose space seems a bit deeper
and less severe
and even gently humorous.
(and, like the Japanese,
I love to look at enormous men
and delicate, beautiful women)
Katsukawa Shun'ei, 1794:
"The Actor Nakayama Tomisaburo as
The Maiden at Dojo Temple"
(even if its guy
dressing up like a girl,
and if you google the actor's name,
he's not really all that handsome)
Katsukawa Shunsho, 1780:
The Actor Sawamura Sojuro III
in his dressing room in conversation
with Segawa Kikunojo III
Stepping back a decade earlier,
things seem just a bit more formal,
and notice how, again,
only one character
looks at the other while conversing.
And it really seems to be a conversation -
the seated figure is complaining,
and the standing one is consoling.
(and if you look them up,
both of them were super-stars)
Katsukawa Shunsho (1770):
The Warrior Watanabe no Tsuna (923-1023)
fighting the Demon at Roshomon
Moving back yet another decade..
and here is my favorite riff
from Asian fantasy:
the pretty girl
who turns out to be a
voracious demon in disguise.
(the pretty girl's green dress
is flying up towards the
upper left corner)
You would think
that eventually every hero
to run the other way
whenever a beautiful
young woman appears!