Toyokuni III's Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - Toyokuni III's 1852 series "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido" pairs kabuki portraits with the stations along the famous Tokaido Road. Each design features a half-length figure in the foreground, with a border of clouds separating the actor from the landscape above. Interestingly, the title cartouche of each print is framed by different objects related to the kabuki character or play, including armor and weapons, household objects, flowers, horse equipment, and traveler's clothing and baggage. The large expressive characters are beautifully drawn and detailed, with fine line work in the hair and soft bokashi shading in the backgrounds.
The exact number of prints for the series is unclear, because two prints exist for some stations, and some intermediate stations are also included. Where there are two designs of the same subject, the background landscape continues across the two prints. This handsome series proved extremely popular when released, and remains a favorite of collectors today.
Ishibe: Iwai Kumesaburo III as Ohan - Lovely portrait of Iwai Kumesaburo III as the beauty Ohan. She tilts her head and smiles coyly, waving the sleeves of her tie-dyed kimono. Her hair is pulled back into a sleek bun, adorned with a fine lacquer comb, colorful ribbons, and a feathery ornament with tiny yellow butterflies. The young woman seems happy and carefree at the moment, taking pleasure in daily life. The landscape behind her features a large building with a fenced garden at right, the sky darkening as evening falls. A charming design with wonderful detail in the hair and burnishing on the black kimono collar and obi.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 3/8"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Backed with paper. A few wormholes, repaired. Light vertical line where backing papers meet. Please see photos for details.
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