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Futabatei Restaurant, 1853 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Futabatei Restaurant, 1853

Series; Famous Restaurants of the Eastern Capital

Famous Restaurants of the Eastern Capital - Handsome print from a collaborative series by Toyokuni III and Hiroshige, published between 1852 and 1853. Toyokuni III created the large actor portraits in the foreground, with Hiroshige designing the smaller landscape and still-life insets relating to the featured restaurant or its location. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has many of these images in its collection. These attractive designs are beautifully colored and detailed, making them a great choice for a collector interested in Edo era woodblocks.

Futabatei Restaurant, 1853 - Interesting kabuki portrait of Ichikawa Shinsha I as Aoi no mae, the wife of the Genji general Yoshikata, in the play "Genpei Nunobiki-no-taki." After her husband is killed by Heike warriors, the pregnant Aoi flees, hoping to give birth to an heir to carry on the Genji line. She is shown with a kimono draped over her head, a frantic look on her face as she stares ahead with wide eyes, her hair hanging wildly around her face and her faces shaded in blue. The inset by Hiroshige above shows a samurai traveling with his servant, walking up a hill near the Yoshiwara-dote, with a view of the water and rooftops beyond. A wonderfully expressive figure and a fine landscape, with handsome wood grain impression in the background.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/2"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Some holes, repaired. Some soiling. Please see photos for details.

Futabatei Restaurant, 1853 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Futabatei Restaurant, 1853 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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