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Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers), c.1779-80 (colour woodblock print; chuban)

Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers), c.1779-80 (colour woodblock print; chuban)


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Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers), c.1779-80 (colour woodblock print; chuban)

5859853 Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers), c.1779-80 (colour woodblock print; chuban) by Shunsho, Katsukawa (1726-92); 26.6 x 19.5 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA; (add.info.: By Katsukawa Shunsho)

Media ID 33393624

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This vibrant and captivating print titled "Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers)" transports us to the world of 18th century Japan. Created by the talented artist Shunsho, this colour woodblock print captures a pivotal moment in the renowned play. The scene depicted showcases two individuals deeply engrossed in conversation. Their love for each other is palpable, as they share an intimate moment amidst the backdrop of a traditional Japanese house. Dressed in exquisite kimonos, their attire reflects both elegance and tradition. The intricate calligraphy adorning the artwork adds another layer of depth to its beauty. The carefully inscribed words seem to whisper secrets that only those who truly appreciate art can decipher. Swords are prominently featured in this piece, symbolizing strength and honor. They serve as reminders that even amidst love and passion, there may be challenges that require courage and resilience. As part of the ukiyo-e art movement, this print exemplifies the unique style and technique associated with Japanese prints during this period. Its vivid colors bring life to every detail, transporting viewers into a world where emotions run deep and stories unfold through visual storytelling. Displayed at The Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois, USA, this work stands as a testament to Shunsho's artistic prowess and his ability to capture moments frozen in time. It serves as a reminder that art has no boundaries - transcending time, culture, and language - allowing us all to appreciate its universal beauty.

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