Kabuki Actors Off Stage


Artist
Toyohara Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838 – 1912)
Date
1879
Medium
Woodblock print
Dimensions
Sheet : 14 1/4 x 28 1/2 in. (36.2 x 72.39 cm)
Mat : 24 x 36 in. (60.96 x 91.44 cm)
Credit Line
Purchased with funds donated by Ronald ’62 and Geri Vander Molen
Object Number
2017.28.1

Label
This print illustrates how the introduction of aniline dyes and Western clothing forms impacted Japanese dress during the Meiji period. The image depicts a group of kabuki actors offstage. Most of the actors wear articles of clothing with either purple or red designs. One of the male figures in the center of the image wears a Western-style outfit, while a second man on the right wears a Western-style hat. Three of the men sport short haircuts that were another fashion trend imported from the West during the Meiji period. [Madeleine Zimmerman ‘20]

Object Type
Print