Beauty Osome from the house of Abura-ya by Kitagawa Utamaro

Beauty Osome from the house of Abura ya by Kitagawa Utamaro

Okumur Masanobu, the second outstanding master of this period, has a more independent approach to easel engraving. Although he still prefers horizontal formats, he also uses vertical formats that are not related to the book.

By the 1740s, engraving techniques had been developed for two-three-color printing, and Masanobu willingly applied it, depicting the exquisite outfits of his heroines and the attributes of the appearance of the characters. The lines of Masanobu have become thinner and more elegant, the artist uses them purposefully: the faces of the heroes are delineated with a delicate gentle line, and, for example, the details of the situation or the outlines of clothing are given a thicker and coarser feature, which gives the engraving a variety of expressive means.

Okumura Masanobu also worked in the field of theater graphics, but he was not such an innovator and enthusiast in it as Kienobu. Masanobu preferred subjects that are closer to the theme of female beauty. And I must say that, according to tradition, all the roles in the Kabuki Theater were performed by men.

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