Scene from Imoseyama onna teikin, 1852

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Scene from Imoseyama onna teikin, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Imoseyama onna teikin, 1852

Comments - Fantastic triptych illustrating a scene from the kabuki play "Imoseyama onna teikin" at the Kawarazaki Theater, which tells the story of a young couple who fall in love, unaware that their families are bitter rivals with estates on either side of the Yoshino River. At left, the beauty Hinadori kneels beside her mother Sadaka, looking up at her with a sweet smile. At right, Koganosuke glares angrily as he looks across the cascading river, his son Daihanji at his feet. In the center, the loyal servant Shimpei swims across the river to place a vase of blossoming cherry branches to signal the decision of the young lovers to die rather than be separated by their families. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Saruzo I, Arashi Rikan IV, Onoe Shinshichi III, Ichikawa Ebizo V, and Iwai Kumesaburo III. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the black lacquer railings, and a subtle burnished pattern on Daihanji's coat. A great composition with the rushing river separating the two fine palaces.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14" x 29 3/4"

Condition - Nice color and detail. A few light creases at edges and small repairs.

Scene from Imoseyama onna teikin, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Scene from Imoseyama onna teikin, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)