C1884

Chapter 38; Suzumushi

Artist:

Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

This woodblock illustrates chapter 38 ‘Suzumushi (the Cricket), in the epic, ‘Tales of Genji’. Genjis third wife is is full of remorse for bearing a son with Genji’s friend Kashiwagi and takes her vows to become a nun. Contrary to … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Chapter 38; Suzumushi

Date:

C1884

Artist:

Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Condition:

Narrow margins, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock

Image Size: 

230mm 
x 350mm
AUTHENTICITY
Chapter 38; Suzumushi - Antique Print from 1884

Genuine antique
dated:

1884

Description:

This woodblock illustrates chapter 38 ‘Suzumushi (the Cricket), in the epic, ‘Tales of Genji’. Genjis third wife is is full of remorse for bearing a son with Genji’s friend Kashiwagi and takes her vows to become a nun. Contrary to what she expects Genji enjoys her company even more and on one visit he notices the sounds of the crickets. From the series The Fifty-four Chapters (of the Tale of Genji) in Modern Times (Genji gojuyo jo).

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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