This original color woodblock print portrays an actor in a female role. The lady is wearing a stunning gown and floral headdress. She is raising a sword above her head. (She might be a Samurai). This is by the famous artist Utagawa Kunisada (1786 - 1865) who is also known as Toyokuni III.
Country of Origin: Japan.
Circa: 3rd month, 1852.
Medium: Color woodblock print on paper.
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada / Toyokuni III (1786 – 1865).
Publisher: Iseya Kanekichi.
Size: Oban. Size of the sheet is 9.6 x 14.3 inches.
Signed: Toyokuni ga.
Provenance: Alexander Zacke (Founder of Auctionata).
Condition: Very good printing impression and fine color preservation. Minor browning, staining and rubbings.
Utagawa Kunisada (1786—1865) became a pupil of Toyokuni at the age of 15, and would later assume his teachers name. Kunisada's pictures reflect the culture of Japan in the years leading up to the country's opening to the West. His first book illustrations were published in 1807, his first actor portrait the following year alongside with theatrical scenes and portraits of courtesans. In his numerous bijin-ga he clung to the ideal of beauty prevalent at the time. From 1830 he continued the development of the Utagawa School and from 1844 onwards signed his works Toyokuni III.
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