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Kabuki actor, around 1708, attributed toTorii Kiyonobu.
Kiyonobu, founder of the Torii line of artists, specialized in the painting of posters and signboards for the popular Kabuki theater. As required by the poster format, the bold, fluid lines, full, rounded forms, and flattened patterning were to be read at a distance. Kiyonobu’s early experimentation with hand coloring was undertaken to enliven the stark black and white designs and to further the print’s decorative appeal.

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