Ryūsai Shigeharu (柳斎重春) (artist 1802 – 1852)
Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as Osome (お染) on the right and Ichikawa Danzō V as Hisamatsu (久松) on the left in the play Somemoyo Imose no Kadomatsu [染模様妹背門松]
20.25 in x 15 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese color woodblock print
Signed: Gyokuryūtei Shigeharu ga
Artist's seal: Yamaguchi uji Shigeharu
Publisher: Honya Seishichi (Marks 123 - seal 25-527)
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg - left panel (trimmed)
Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel
Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel
Royal Museums of Art and History, Belgium (via Cultural Japan) - right-hand panel only
A diptych with bust portraits with a border of New Year's game cards, balls, battledore and shuttlecock and calligraphy.
Unlike other kabuki themes the story of Osome and Hisamatsu is included in nearly all the volumes written about this form of theater.
The National Theater of Japan wrote: "Hisamatsu was originally the son of a samurai, but was brought up as the adopted child of Kyusaku of Nozaki Village, a peasant and the older brother of Hisamatsu’s wet nurse. He is apprenticed to an oil merchant in Osaka, and falls in love with Osome, the merchant’s daughter, but is sent home to Nozaki Village due to money trouble. Osome, pregnant with Hisamatsu’s child, comes from Osaka to visit the village just as marriage talks between Hisamatsu and his fiancée, Omitsu, are going ahead. Hisamatsu decides to commit double suicide with Osome, and Omitsu, who sympathizes with them, backs out and becomes a nun."
Illustrated in 1) in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata Yakusha-e Shusei, (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) volume 2, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka, 1998, no. 143
And the right-hand panel in black and white in 2) in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 9, p. 137. The left-hand panel is illustrated in color in the same volume on p. 107.
Ichikawa Danzō V (五代目市川団蔵) (actor)
Arashi Rikan II (二代目嵐璃寛: 9/1828 - 6/1837) (actor)
Honya Seishichi (本屋清七) (publisher)
Kyōto-Osaka prints (kamigata-e - 上方絵) (genre)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
The Love Suicide of Osome and Hisamatsu (染模様妹背門松) (kabuki)