Saturday, 18 January 2014

Shunsen Natori Print

An Kabuki Actor Print by Shunsen Natori

No the character is not squinting. 
The makeup represents a scarred samurai with one eye. 
Despite or because this is a modern print the use of color is quite restrained and I rather think judging from other prints Shunsen studied early 18th century prints made when the range of colors available for woodblocks was more limited.