Woodblock print (reprint) - Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) - 'Kirimise' From the series "Famous Women from Famous Places part II" - Late 20th century
Utagawa Kunisada was the most popular, prolific and commercially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.
At the end of the Edo period (1603–1867), Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi and Kunisada were the three best representatives of the Japanese color woodcut in Edo (Tokyo).
With a few exceptions, such as actor portraits and portraits of beautiful women, at the beginning of his career, and some series of large-size actor head-portraits near the end, it was thought that he had produced only inferior works.
It was not until the early 1990s, with the appearance of Jan van Doesburg's overview of the artistic development of Kunisada, and Sebastian Izzard's extensive study of his work, that this picture began to change, with Kunisada more clearly revealed as one of the "giants" of the Japanese print that he was.
- Woodblock print (reprint)
- Late 20th century
- Region/ Country of origin
- Artist/ Maker
- Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)
- Title of artwork
- 'Kirimise' From the series "Famous Women from Famous Places part II"
- Good condition, see description
- 408×280×0 mm