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Kiyotaro Iwai as Futami-ya Daughter Osode
This portrait depicts a daughter of the Futamiya-inn, who appeared in the second kyogen “Katsuragawa Tsukino Omoide”, performed at the Kawarasaki-za Theater in July 1794 (Kansei 6). This work was done during Sharaku’s second period as an artist. Sharaku bold use of color is expressed through this illustration of a woman with a checkered yellow silk kimono with yellow stripes, in addition to the yellowish background. The black collar, hem, and deep green obi pull together the yellow color tone. The precise situational effect of these two colors represents Sharaku’s excellent sense of art. Furthermore, what makes this portrait impressive is the depiction of the onnagata (male actor of female roles in kabuki) ? his tilted body posture expresses the femininity of the kabuki actor. The position of the left hand, holding the cigarette pipe and inserting the cigar, is very feminine.