by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Series; Flowers of Edo and Views of Famous Places
Flowers of Edo and Views of Famous Places - Terrific design from an 1862 - 1865 series by Toyokuni III pairing kabuki actors with famous areas of Edo, done in collaboration with several different artists. Toyokuni III created the large actor portraits, while other artists such as Hiroshige II, Sadahide, Kunihisa, and Kyosai contributed the landscape designs and other scenes across the top. The term "Flowers of Edo" in the title here refers to fires, and each title cartouche features the standard or matoi and lantern of a different Edo fire brigade. The expressive portraits are beautifully detailed with fine line work and an intricate wood grain background. A beautifully printed series, with many images featuring fine shading, embossing, or touches of burnishing. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has many prints from this series in its collection. A great choice for a kabuki enthusiast.
Eleven Brigade, North Group, Ryogoku: Nakamura Tsuruzo I as Yokozuna no Yasu; Ni Brigade, First Group, Ryogoku Bridge: Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Yokoyama no Yosaburu, 1863 - This rare diptych from the series "Flowers of Edo" depicts the story of Yokoyama no Yosaburo, the dishonored son of a merchant, who was captured during a tryst with a gang boss's mistress, Otomi, and slashed all over. The scarred young man becomes a petty criminal, assisted by Yokozuna no Yasu, nicknamed Yasu the Bat for the bat-shaped tattoo on his face. Yosaburo is unexpectedly reunited with his lover, Otomi, during a blackmail attempt. At right, the young man looks over his shoulder with a solemn frown, holding at dotted towel draped over his shoulder. His hair is unkempt, and scars are visible on his face, chest, and arm. At left, Yasu the Bat holds up a red paper lantern with writing on it. Ryogoku Bridge stretches across the background, connecting both panels, with a fireworks exploding in the night sky and pleasure boats on the river below. Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Yokoyama no Yosaburu. A great subject, beautifully colored and shaded. Rarely seen complete. If you are interested in this subject, bid now!
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 1/8" x 17 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. Backed with paper. Vertical centerfold in each panel. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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