Kunisada II-Genji-Courtesan under cherry blossoms
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Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (1823-1880)
A high class courtesan (Oiran) with her attendants strolling under the cherry blossoms, Prince Genji watching her from a distance. Her obi (kimono belt) is decorated with a spledid big minogame turtle.
Chapter 5 – Wakamurasaki
Series: Murasaki Shikibu Genji Karuta (Murasaki Shikibu’s Genji Cards)
Signature: Baichôrô Kunisada ga in Toshidama-Cartouche
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô)
Size: Oban, 35 x 24 cm
Very fine impression of the print with brilliant colors and relief printing. Mounted on the original backing, slightly trimmed margins. Very good condition.
This Genji-Series is generally considered as one of the best of Utagawa Kunisada II artistic work.
Cp.: British Museum 1973,0723,0.251973,0723,0.25, MFA Boston, Bigelow Coll. 11.21720 a.o.