Gonpachi Dreaming, 1847 - 1850

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Gonpachi Dreaming, 1847 - 1850 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
Gonpachi Dreaming, 1847 - 1850

Series; Illustrations of Old and New Ballad Dramas
A Fuji Arts Special Offer Auction

Gonpachi Dreaming, 1847 - 1850 - Terrific portrait of the samurai Shirai Gonpachi reading a long letter from his sweetheart Komurasaki. The pair fell in love when Gonpachi rescued her from a gang of kidnappers. Later, Komurasaki sold herself to a Yoshiwara brothel to save her parents from poverty. The lovesick samurai decided to redeem her, but resorted to robbery and murder to obtain the needed funds, eventually facing the executioner for his deeds. Here, he stands under a willow tree along the water's edge, reading the message by the light of a lantern, frowning slightly. A crescent moon glows above as evening falls and the sky begins to darken. A fantastic design from the kabuki play "Ukiyozuka hiyoku no inazuma," with a beautiful natural setting. A rare Hiroshige series.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 14 5/8" x 9 3/4" + margin as shown

Condition - Nice detail. Creasing throughout.

Gonpachi Dreaming, 1847 - 1850 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Gonpachi Dreaming, 1847 - 1850 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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