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Albert Al Hirschfeld
RENJISHI(The Lion Dance)Original Lithograph, Japanese Kabuki Theater, White Hair

1976

About the Item

RENJISHI is a hand drawn, limited edition lithograph by the renowned artist/caricaturist Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) printed by hand using traditional lithography techniques on archival Arches printmaking paper. RENISHI depicts the white haired shishi, mythological lion-like animal who is the father character in this Kabuki dance drama. Hirschfeld masterfully expresses dramatic movement with the character's sweeping white hair, bold black and white dotted robe and fierce theatrical face makeup. Subtle textured strokes within the olive green background mirror the white maned lion dancer's boundless energy. RENJISHI is a very fine, strong impression printed in shades of olive green, black, light rust orange, light mauve, unframed, unsigned Printers Proof aside from the edition of 275, from the master printers private collection. Printer's Legend stamped on reverse Print size - 31.5 x 22 inches, full bleed image, no margins, unsigned proof Edition size - 275, plus proofs Year published - 1976 Printer - JK Fine Art Editions Co. NY Albert Hirschfeld (June 21, 1903 – January 20, 2003) was an American caricaturist best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. Al Hirschfeld spent more than 75 years attending Broadway plays and sketching the stars for The New York Times and other publications. Full of wit and verve, Hirschfeld's distinctively bold, curvy line drawings caricatured stars from Groucho Marx and Ethel Merman through Barbra Streisand and beyond. His first newspaper sketches appeared in the 1920s, and he continued working until his death in 2003, working in a converted barber chair in his New York City studio. After the 1945 birth of his daughter Nina, Al Hirschfeld began hiding her name in his drawings, often tucked into hair or shirt folds. Finding the Ninas became a pastime with Hirschfeld's fans, and after a time he added a number to his signature to indicate how many Ninas each drawing contained. About RENJISHI(The Lion Dance) - Renjishi is one of the most popular dances in the Japanese Kabuki theater, a parable about two shishi, mythological lion-like animals. The first version, played at the end of the Edo Period, in 1861, was Katsusaburô Renjishi, inspired in turn by a Noh theater play called Shakkyo (Stone Bridge). Renjishi tells the story of a father shishi, represented in art with white hair, who, willing to test the power and the courage of his son, throws him off a cliff. The son survives the fall and manages to climb back, the play ending with a famous dance celebrating the sons’ achievement…
  • Creator:
    Albert Al Hirschfeld (1903 - 2003, American)
  • Creation Year:
    1976
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 31.5 in (80.01 cm)Width: 22 in (55.88 cm)
  • Medium:
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  • Period:
  • Condition:
    Excellent condition, unsigned Printers Proof aside from the edition of 275, full bleed image, hand torn edges, chop mark on lower left corner, from the master printers private collection.
  • Gallery Location:
    Union City, NJ
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU83238886782
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