Otsu Pictures for the Times: A Rare Thing You’ve Been Waiting For, 1848

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Otsu Pictures for the Times: A Rare Thing You’ve Been Waiting For, 1848 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Otsu Pictures for the Times: A Rare Thing You’ve Been Waiting For, 1848

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Otsu Pictures for the Times: A Rare Thing You’ve Been Waiting For, 1848 - Terrific depiction of the artist Ukiyo Matabei's Otsu-e characters coming to life. The artist sits on the floor at lower left, holding a brush as the drawings flutter about him, gray silhouettes remaining where the characters have left the pages. In a comic touch, Kuniyoshi has used portraits of famous actors as the figures. In the left panel, Kuniyoshi appears as the artist, Nakamura Utaemon IV is the oni or demon dressed as a religious pilgrim, Iwai Kumesaburo III is shown as Ushiwakamaru (the young Yoshitsune), and Otani Hiroemon V is the Lucky God Daikoku carrying a ladder. In the right panel, Ichikawa Kodanji IV appears as the red-skinned thunder god carrying a small drum, Bando Hikosaburo IV is depicted as a shaggy gray monkey hugging a giant gourd container and an enormous catfish, Ichimura Uzaemon XII is shown the falconer, and Ichikawa Kuzo II appears as a retainer carrying a fringed standard. A cat looks up curiously from the floor next to the artist. A fantastic, creative Kuniyoshi design.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14" x 19 1/2" + margin as shown

Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Two separate panels. Backed with paper. Losses and thinning at corners, repaired. Toning, soiling, rubbing, creasing, stains, paper slightly softened at edges. Please see photos for details.

Otsu Pictures for the Times: A Rare Thing You’ve Been Waiting For, 1848 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Otsu Pictures for the Times: A Rare Thing You’ve Been Waiting For, 1848 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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