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Artist: Sir William Nicholson
English (1872-1942)
Also known as Beggarstaff along with James Pryde, Scottish (1866-1941)
Plate: NP. 05
Title: Sada Yacco

Description: Condition A. Original colour lithograph from "Twelve Portraits" published
by William Heinemann, London 1899.

Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Sheet Size: 9 7/8 in x 10 1/14 in
  25 cm x 26 cm
Price: temporarily out of stock

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Sada Yacco (1871-1946) Sadayakko Kawakami was a Japanese actress and dancer. Born in Tokyo, Sada Yacco was trained as a geisha and came to the attention of Ito Hirobumi who took an interest in furthering her education. In 1894 she married the actor Otojiro Kawakami, to whom she had been introduced by Hirobumi. Sada Yacco performed in the company her husband founded, The Kawakami Theatre, when it was considered improper for women to perform on stage with men.

In 1899, the troupe toured America and Europe, and became the first Japanese theater company to be seen in the west. Performances were held in San Francisco, and New York City in the United States, as well as at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris (with theatrical lighting there done by Loie Fuller and several other European cities. Upon the death of her husband in 1911, Sada Yacco lived with Momosuke Fukuzawa (18681938). Their restored home is now a museum.

After 1918, Sada Yacco ceased touring and opened a textile concern in Nagoya. She also founded a children's drama school and children's theater in Tokyo and continued to perform occasionally in Japan. Sada Yacco died at 75 in Atami, Japan. In America, her performances strongly influenced the work of American modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis.

"Nicholson did this image just after his
association with James Pryde as The Beggarstaff Brothers had come to an end. But his revolutionary approach to design which marked the Beggarstaff posters, found further expression in the small-scale woodcuts on which he then concentrated.

William Nicholson's woodblock prints of the 1890's were amongst the most revolutionary British print images of the era. They used a treatment of form, with a stylized simplification of shape, and a handling of perspective and picture space which had had no precedent in British art. Influences of Japanese art, and a parallel thinking to, if not a direct knowledge of, the ideas of Toulouse Lautrec and of the Nabis painters in Paris at the same period can certainly be felt, although there is no record that Nicholson had actually studied either at this date." (Weston)

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