Kunisada II: Genji – Tanabata-Fest
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Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (1823-1880)
Price Genji and two ladies celebrating the Tanabata Festival (star festival, on the 7th day of the 7th month).
Title: Chapter 42 – Niou no miya
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. 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. 11.21731 u.ö.