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A study of Sharaku’s Yakusha painting

milim Lee 1

1성결대학교

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ABSTRACT

I have considered the Kansai Region, Tsutaya, the notable publisher and the circumstances of the surrounding publishing industry in this paper, amidst the cultural background which generated expressions through pictures similar to actors drawn by Sharaku. As a result, Sharaku had a deep connection with the Edo Kabuki industry. The facial depiction of Kabuki actors by Sharaku was also made by focusing on the relationship between the appearance and personality of the actor in his own unique way, regardless of the flowerbed or style of painting at the time. In this paper, we considered the relationship between the fashion of metoposcopy, which can be referred to as the origin of Sharaku’s interest in the trends of publisher Tsutaya, and the publishing industry along with its work at the time. It is probable that Tsutaya and Sharaku shared the common interest to produce a large drawing of an actor’s upper body- Okubi-e in the wake of the epidemic of metoposcopy that occurred in both Kyoto and Edo at the time.

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