Aihara Esuke Munefusa

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Aihara Esuke Munefusa by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Aihara Esuke Munefusa

Series; Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai (Seichu gishi den)

Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai - Between 1847 - 1848, Kuniyoshi produced his most famous series about the 47 ronin, "Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai." The series comprises 51 prints, with portraits of each of the 47 ronin along with images of the ronin Hayano Kampei, who committed suicide before the night attack and appears as a ghost, Lord Hangan, Lord Moronao, and a loyal servant. Expressive figures are shown during the night attack, fighting bravely or taking a brief moment to recover, in action-filled poses and quieter moments. Few other printmakers ever matched Kuniyoshi's detail and artistry in the genre of warrior prints, and his iconic designs from this series remain some of the best images of the famous 47 ronin.

Fuji Arts Exhibition prints - The examples in our exhibition are the best prints we have seen from this series. These deluxe prints have a light mica treatment adding vitality to the prints. Note the large, untrimmed sheets, unbacked, clean paper, and clear printing. This is an excellent opportunity to collect fine examples from Kuniyoshi’s ronin series. Don’t miss out.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 7/8"

Condition - A nice clean print. A few prints have a couple spots. Please see photos for details. Nice condition overall.

Aihara Esuke Munefusa by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Aihara Esuke Munefusa by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)