C1884

Chapter 3 Utsusemi (The Shell of the Locust )

Artist:

Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

The inspiration for this woodblock by Kunichicka is derived from Chapter 3 of the Tales of Genji, titled Utsusemi (The Shell of the Locust). Although Genji continues to pursue Utsusemi (“Shell of the Locust”), she is painfully aware of the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Chapter 3 Utsusemi (The Shell of the Locust )

Date:

C1884

Artist:

Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Condition:

Narrow margins, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock

Image Size: 

227mm 
x 345mm
AUTHENTICITY
Chapter 3 Utsusemi (The Shell of the Locust ) - Antique Print from 1884

Genuine antique
dated:

1884

Description:

The inspiration for this woodblock by Kunichicka is derived from Chapter 3 of the Tales of Genji, titled Utsusemi (The Shell of the Locust).

Although Genji continues to pursue Utsusemi (“Shell of the Locust”), she is painfully aware of the futility of maintaining a relationship with a man of Genji’s stature. The orphaned daughter of a guards officer and the wife of a much older man of modest means, Utsusemi is “ashamed of herself that she had caught the eye of a man so far abover her”; still she can’t help but feel drawn by Genji’s splendour and ” did not want him to forget her entirely”.

Not easily rebuffed, Genji sends her many tender letters and attempts to see her a second and then a third time. On this third visit, Genji secretly observes Utsusemi playing Go with her stepdaugher. As the women prepare to retire for the evening, Genji approaches the room. Utsusemi “sensed that something was amiss, detecting an unusual perfume, she raised her head….She could see a form creeping toward her. In a panic, she got up and slipped from the room.

Series   Fifty Four Loves of Contemporary Genji

Carver Hori Gin (Asai Ginjirö)

Publisher Sawamuraya ( Takekawa ) Seikichi

Biography:

Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)

Kunichika was a leading Japanese woodblock print artist and highly influential.

Talented as a child, at about thirteen he became a student of Tokyo’s then leading print maker Utagawa Kunisada. He produced numerous wood blocks of popular and famous Kabuki plays and actors of which he was very knowledgeable of.  of kabuki actors and scenes from popular plays of the time. Kunichika also made many bijinga (beautiful women) woodblocks.

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