This is an original color woodblock print by the famous Japanese Ukiyo-e artists Utagawa Hiroshige II (1829 – 1869) and Utagawa Toyokuni III / Kunisada I (1786 – 1865). It comes from the series Kannon Reigenki / Miracles of Kannon and is plate number 17 of part one (for the Western provinces). It is titled Rokuhara-mitsu-dera in Yamashiro kyo for the upper part that was designed by Hiroshige II. The lower part is titled Kuya Jonin and was designed by Kunisada I.
Country of Origin: Japan.
Medium: Color woodblock print on paper.
Size: Oban. Size of the sheet is 9.8 x 14.1 inches.
Signed: Hiroshige ga and Toyokuni ga. Utagawa Hiroshige II (1829 – 1869) and Utagawa Toyokuni III / Kunisada I (1786 – 1865).
Condition: Colors are very well preserved. Good printing impression. Minor rubbing, staining, and abrasions. Few holes and small tears at the left margin.
Provenance: Alexander Zacke (Founder of Auctionata).
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.
Hiroshige II (1829 – 1869) was born with the name Chinpei Suzuki. Due to the Japanese tradition his master Ando Hiroshige I gave him the artist's name Shigenobu. After the death of Ando Hiroshige I in 1858 Shigenobu took the name of his teacher and called himself Utagawa Hiroshige II.
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