Gokyogoku Regent and Former Chancellor Fujiwara no Yoshitsune, Poet No. 91

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Gokyogoku Regent and Former Chancellor Fujiwara no Yoshitsune, Poet No. 91 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Gokyogoku Regent and Former Chancellor Fujiwara no Yoshitsune, Poet No. 91

Series; Comparison of the Ogura One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, circa 1847

Comparison of the Ogura One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each -  Handsome design from a terrific series pairing a verse from the best-loved collection of Japanese poetry, "The One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each," with figures from Japanese history or theater. Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, and Kunisada each designed prints for the series. Divided into two parts, the first group of prints features a poem next to the series title, while the second half includes a fan-shaped inset with a portrait of the featured poet. A wonderful and unusual series with great designs by the top artists of the mid-19th century. These prints would make great additions to any ukiyo-e collection.

Gokyogoku Regent and Former Chancellor Fujiwara no Yoshitsune, Poet No. 91 - Handsome scene from the kabuki play "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome" featuring Matsuwakamaru (Shinran) and the nun Seigen. The beauty stands at right, hiding behind her raised kimono sleeve as the young man tugs on the end of it. He leans back on one hand alongside a delicate shrub covered with tiny white flowers. Two yellow butterflies flutter overhead, a symbol of spirits or souls. The poem by Gokyogoku Regent and Former Chancellor Fujiwara no Yoshitsune reads:

In my cold bed,
Drawing close my folded quilt,
I sleep alone,
While all through the frosty night
I hear a cricket's lonely sound.

A handsome design.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 5/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Remnants of paper mounts on reverse at top corners. A few small wormholes, small thinning spot, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.

Gokyogoku Regent and Former Chancellor Fujiwara no Yoshitsune, Poet No. 91 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Gokyogoku Regent and Former Chancellor Fujiwara no Yoshitsune, Poet No. 91 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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