Kabuki Portraits by Torii Kiyotada
Ronin Gallery is pleased to present sixteen woodblock prints portraying the famous kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro by Torri Kiyotada VII. All of the prints, many with deep embossing and black lacquer, are in pristine condition.
TORII KIYOTADA VII (1875-1941) was born in Edo (Tokyo) in 1875. He was a painter as well as woodblock print artist for the Kabuki theatre. He was the son of Torii Kiyosada and the adopted father of Torii Kotondo. At the age of 18 he became the pupil of the Tosa style painter Kawabe Mitate and within a year began producing pictures and advertisements for the Kabuki-za, Shintomi-za, and Meiji-za. He also was known for his Russo-Japanese war prints. On many of his prints he used the name Tadakiyo either alone or in conjuction with Kiyosada.