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Elizabeth Keith (1881-1956)

Shigeyama, Kyogen Actor in 'San-ba-so', Kyoto 1936

Colour woodcut | 63.5 x 51.0 cm (frame, external) | RCIN 504348

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The Scottish artist Elizabeth Keith first travelled to Japan in 1915, where she spent two years learning to carve and print woodblocks. This print shows an actor dressed for a comic interlude within a play, the classical dance-drama of Japan. The composition reflects the long tradition of actor prints from the Edo period: the performer holds a pose in costume, as if captured mid-performance.