C1852

A Beauty having a smoke. INSET, fishing bonito at Awa.

Artist:

Utagawa kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

From the series, Celebrated Products of Mountains and Seas. In this series of prints, beautiful women (bijin) of different classes and occupations express desires or feelings. An inset in the left upper corner, shows the production of one of Japan’s … Read Full Description

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S/N: JWB-KUNIYOSHI-059–217602
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Full Title:

A Beauty having a smoke. INSET, fishing bonito at Awa.

Date:

C1852

Artist:

Utagawa kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Condition:

Repaired worm holes lower left and bottom margin, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock

Image Size: 

250mm 
x 365mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Beauty having a smoke. INSET, fishing bonito at Awa. - Antique Print from 1852

Genuine antique
dated:

1852

Description:

From the series, Celebrated Products of Mountains and Seas.

In this series of prints, beautiful women (bijin) of different classes and occupations express desires or feelings. An inset in the left upper corner, shows the production of one of Japan’s well-known regional products, in this case Fisherman fishing for Skipjack Tuna at Awa Province.

Publisher: Jôshûya Kinzô

Biography:

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861)

Kuniyoshi was born in Edo (present-day Tokyo) in 1797, the son of a silk dyer named Yanagiya Kichiemon and was given the name Yoshisaburo at birth. At the age of 14, Yoshisaburo joined the Utagawa School of ukiyo-e artists, then headed by Utagawa Toyokuni I (1769 – 1825). Toyokuni I gave Yoshisaburo the name Utagawa Kuniyoshi; “Kuniyoshi” being a combination of the names “Toyokuni” and “Yoshisaburo.

In 1814, Kuniyoshi ended his apprenticeship and set out as an independent artist. He initially produced actor prints in the style of his teacher, then in 1827 he had his first commercial success with the first six designs of the series, The 108 Heroes of the Suikoden. The series was based on a 14th century Chinese novel about the adventures of a band of 108 honorable bandits and rebels. Like his teacher, Kuniyoshi had many students including Kyosai, Yoshiiku, Yoshitora and Yoshitoshi.

Kuniyoshi had a special fondness for cats, which overran his studio and are portrayed in many of his prints. 

He died from complications of a stroke on April 14, 1861.

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