Kunisada II: Genji – Samurai with Beauty
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Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (1823-1880)
A splendidly dressed warrior talking to a kneeling young lady with yarn spindles and a boy. Above a plum tree in full blossom.
Chapter 31 – Makibashira
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 good impression with brilliant colours, with embossing and burnishing. Old album backing with slightly trimmed margins. Very good condition.
This Genji series is generally considered as one of Utagawa Kunisada II’s best artistic works.
Cf. British Museum 1973,0723,0.251973,0723,0.25, MFA Boston, Bigelow Coll. 11.21699 a.o.