Kuniyoshi - Yoemon and KasaneKuniyoshi - Yoemon and Kasane
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Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861)

The farmer Yoemon murdering his defaced wife Kasane with a sickle; her sprit is leaving the body and rising up into the air. The scene is watched by a person on a bridge in the far distance. The cartouche contains an impressive mountain landscape.

Title: Unuma (Station No 53) – Yoemon and his wife Kasane

Series: Kisokaidô rokujûkyû tsugi no uchi (The 69 Stations of the Kisokaidô)

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga

Publisher: Kazusaya Iwazô

Censors: Mera, Watanabe

Date: 7/1852

Size: Oban, 34,2 x 23,5 cm (paper size)

Very nice impression and colours; with glossy overprint and printed with some mica on the mountain range in the background. At left and upper part somewhat trimmed, at right margin small pinholes and paper a little bit worn. At the upper corners attached to a thin presentation cardboard. Overall very good condition. A very drastic and dramatic scene.

Ill.: Thompson, Utagawa Kuniyoshi. The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô, 2009, pp 122 (Ill.). British Museum, No 2008,3037.14753.