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Original Japanese Woodblock Print: By Toyokuni III 1857 Tales Of Genji

Original Japanese Woodblock Print: By Toyokuni III 1857 Tales Of Genji

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By Toyokuni III, one of the titans of Japanese art, this is an original Japanese Edo era woodblock print. Guaranteed original Ukiyo-e (woodblock print) 1857 4th month by the artist Toyokuni III, aka Kunisada Tsunoda (1786 – 1865) of the Utagawa school.

This print shows Prince Genji and his female companions drinking sake on a veranda during an autumn evening, enjoying a dance performance and music by three musicians in a boat.

Signature: Toyokuni ga 豊国画 on each sheet

Series: Modern Views of the Four Seasons - 當世四季詠 (Tosei Shiki no Nagame), Autumn Section 秋の部

This is the first edition published by Sanoya Kihei not to be confused with a later edition was issued by a different publisher (Tsujiokaya Kamekichi) using different woodblocks. This edition has superior quality of printing and detail of the earlier edition is clear by an extensive use of a technique called blind-printing and subtle gradation or bokashi.

Very good impression and color, some light foxing and small tears at edges, print remains in overall very good condition.

This is a vertical Oban triptych each of the three prints measures roughly 10" wide by 14 1/2" tall (25 x 37 cm). The print may be loosely rolled for shipping. 

Toyokuni III, born in Edo (modern-day Tokyo) in 1786, emerged as one of the most celebrated figures in Japanese ukiyo-e art. Apprenticed to the renowned Toyokuni I, he swiftly mastered the techniques of woodblock printing, painting, and design. Upon his master's passing in 1825, he assumed the prestigious name Toyokuni III, marking the continuation of a legacy that would profoundly influence the ukiyo-e tradition.

With a deft hand and keen artistic sensibility, Toyokuni III embarked on a prolific career, crafting a diverse portfolio of prints that captivated audiences across Japan. His work spanned a wide array of subjects, from dynamic kabuki actor portraits pulsating with life to enchanting bijin-ga showcasing the timeless beauty of women. Each piece bore the hallmark of his meticulous attention to detail and his masterful command of color and composition.

Throughout his lifetime, Toyokuni III's artistic vision evolved in step with the changing tastes and trends of his era, yet he remained steadfast in his commitment to excellence. His prints not only captured the essence of Edo-period Japan but also served as a mirror reflecting its vibrant cultural tapestry.

Toyokuni III's legacy endures as a testament to his unparalleled talent and dedication to his craft. His contributions to the ukiyo-e tradition continue to inspire admiration and appreciation among enthusiasts and scholars alike, ensuring his rightful place as a titan of Japanese art history.

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