Courting Komachi Mounted Woodblock Kunisada 1
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese 1786 – 1864)
A beautiful Oban woodblock print Titled “Courting Komachi” (Kayoi Komachi). From the series “Seven Fashionable Figures of Ono no Komachi” (Furyu nana Komachi atushi sugata-e). Originally printed circa 1792, this print from mid 20th century.
A lantern bearer lights the path ahead for the legendary Komachi, famous for her many courtships. She is dressed in traditional kimono with a black and blue floral obi. Her feet are adorned with sandals and her hair is held in place by kanzashi and red ribbon.
Genuine polychrome Woodblock print (nishiki-e) ink and colour pigment on Washi paper. A beautifully rendered hand made woodblock print from meticulously hand carved wooden blocks utilising exactly the same traditional technique. Printed on genuine Mulberry Bark Wash paper as the original Excellent detail and colours.
Mounted to Museum Conservation Standard. Print tipped to acid free foam core backing and mat by rice paper hinges upper corners as well as wheatflour starch adhesive.
Dimensions of Print Oban Size Approx. 16 x 10.5 inches (41 x 27 cm)
Mounted Dimensions Approx. 21.5 x 15 inches (55.5 x 38 cm).
Originally published c1830. This version published mid 20th Century.
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Utagawa Kunisada – Toyokuni III
also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III (三代歌川豊国); 1786 – 12 January 1865 was the most popular and also one of the most prolific and financially successful designers of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. His reputation at the time also far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.
Although not much is known of the details of Kunisada’s life, there are some well-established records of particular events. Kunisada was was born in 1786 in Honjo which is east of Edo. In the year 1800 or shortly thereafter Kunisada was accepted by Toyokuni I as an apprentice in his workshop. In keeping with a tradition of Japanese master-apprentice relations, he was then given the official artist name of “KUNI-sada”, the first character of which was derived from the second part of the name “Toyo-KUNI”.
Kunisada’s first actor portraits appeared in either 1808 or 1809. It is known that his first bijinga series and a series of pentaptychs of urban scenes of Edo, appear simultaneously in 1809. A contemporary list of the most important ukiyo-e artists places him in second place behind Toyokuni I. Kunisada remained one of the “trendsetters” of the Japanese woodblock print until his death in early 1865. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunisada