Main Street of the Yoshiwara on a Starlit Night, 1852 - 1864

by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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Main Street of the Yoshiwara on a Starlit Night, 1852 - 1864 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Original Kunisada II (1823 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Main Street of the Yoshiwara on a Starlit Night, 1852 - 1864

Comments - A rare, exceptional Kunisada surimono design of a quiet street in the Yoshiwara on a cool evening. A geisha pauses to look up at a beauty who peers over the veranda above, the sleeves of her red robe draped over the railing. The geisha is bundled up against the night air with a black scarf wrapped about her head. Barely visible in the dark night sky are faint stars and teo love poems, one by Chokujuen Junma and one by Kio Enba. The eaves of the roof are also finely embossed. Kunisada II’s signature appears on the side of the lantern in the foreground - a lovely touch.

A captivating design that is considered one of the artist's best designs. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art both have this print in their collections.

Artist - Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Image Size - 8 1/4" x 7 1/2"

Condition - With excellent color and detail. Small repair on reverse. Lower left corner rounded, as shown. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.

Main Street of the Yoshiwara on a Starlit Night, 1852 - 1864 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)
Main Street of the Yoshiwara on a Starlit Night, 1852 - 1864 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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