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Utagawa Kunisada, ( 1786 - 1865 ) - Kinryuzan in Asakusa in de Oostelijke hoofdstad - Triptych - 1830/35

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Three original japanese woodcuts forming one scene

Technique: Woodcut
Year: 1800-1849
Condition: In good condition
Title of artwork: Kinryuzan in Asakusa - Ca. 1835
Signature: Signed
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada, ( 1786 - 1865 )
Sold with frame: No
Picture size (in cm): 36 x 75 cm

36 x 75 cm in total. Each woodcut 36 x 25 cm..
On three attached sheets of 'washi' laid paper from the period.
Woodblock prints, ink and paint.
Original, good impression, no later reprint. Impressive format and bright colors.
Good condition with only slight rubbing on the backside as might be expected with this fragile japan paper.

Engraver: Utagawa Kunisada (Tokokuni III) (1786-1865)
Publisher: Fujiokaya Hikotaro (signed on the object)
Date: 1830-1835

Kinryuzan in Asakusa in de Oostelijke hoofdstad
Toto Asakusa Kinryuzan (titel op object)

Three women and a boy on the way to the Kinryu Temple, displayed above the stylized clouds. The boy wears a black coat with a pattern of dogs and pine cones, in his hand a fan with the Japanese flag.

Same print is in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (but wrongly mentioned as a dyptich)
Objectnumber: RP-P-OB-JAP-35

Same print (as a tryptich) was on auction in Geneva with estimate : 600 - 700 CHF ( = 800 to 1000 € premium included)
Described as: Estampe japonaise, 1840, triptyque, feuilles collées, format oban. Bon état général, bon état des couleurs et bonne qualité de l'impression.

Opportunity: I list this group of three prints (Tryptich) with a reserve that is less then 50% of the low estimate at Geneva...

Kunisada (1786-1865)
was in his own time was the most popular and successful print designer in Japan, ahead of Kuniyoshi and Hiroshige. His stock declined after he died, although he is still recognized as master of the woodblock print, just not a great one, and is now recovering in esteem somewhat.
He was born in Edo in 1786, and his father was an amateur poet. After showing a prediliction for art (copying prints of actors), he was accepted as an apprentice in around 1800 by one of the great masters of the Japanese woodblock print, Toyokuni, and became one of his chief pupils.
He started out doing actor prints, the initial specialty of the Utagawa school, but eventually branched out into bijin-ga, and even dabbled in landscapes, but although his early work in that area (in the 1830's) showed real promise, he never did many. He did do a fair amount of shunga, but narrowly escaped getting into serious trouble with the authorities as a result, when they cracked down in 1842.
At that point, Kunisada changed his name, taking the name of his master Toyokuni; he is now known as Toyokuni III He often collaborated with Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi on print series during the late 1840's and 1850's, when woodblock prints were the rage in Japan. He outlasted his contemporaries (one of his best prints is a memorial print of his friend Hiroshige), and his last years were marked by something of a resurgence in quality, as he did series with more inspiration than some of his seemingly mass-produced work of his middle years.
He died in Edo (having made only one documented trip out of it in his whole life!) in 1865.


Feedback score: 99.5%
Reviews given: 1906
Member since: March 29, 2014
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    Envoi rapide et conforme. Merci
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    Mgiai April 20, 2018

  • Excelent, as usual.

    galdocris April 18, 2018

  • two good etchings: the draftman in front of a coastal landscape by Claude Gellée and the hurdy-gurdy player by Joris van Vliet

    user-8ea1bc1 April 17, 2018

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    Thank you ! The item is a interesting way to see a human body (17th c.).
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    Ceren April 17, 2018

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    cental8 April 16, 2018

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