Kunisada II: Genji - Wandermönch
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Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (1823-1880)
A Buddhist mendicant monk standing by the sea coast next to a signpost indicating the places Akashi and Suma. Two boys in front of a big anchor are gesturing towards him. A flight of chidori (plovers) is rising to the sky.
Title: Chapter 40 – Minori
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 metal pigment (oxidized). Old album backing with slightly trimmed margins. Minor printing smudges, else 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. 11.44585 a.o.