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Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

1786-1865

Poems of the Season: Summer
(Tosei Shiki no Nagame: Natsu no bu)

each sheet signed Toyokuni ga within artist's Toshidama seal, with publisher's seal of Sanoya Kihei (Sanoki, Kikakudo), censor's seal aratame (examined), and date seal tatsu-san (year of the dragon [1856], 3rd month)

oban tate-e triptych 14 1/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.8 by 24.1 cm

A view of the morning activities at a house of assignation as viewed from the second floor interior courtyard. At left two courtesans share a futon, while one sleeps the other rises while speaking to a third woman through an open fusuma panel. At the center a slightly disheveled courtesan helps a customer with his haori as a maid hands him his roiro lacquer inro and fan. At right, three men and a maid look down into the courtyard where a man and woman are only partially clothed.

Reference:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, www.mfa.org, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, 1911, accession no. 11.15155VR (left and center panels only)
Andreas Marks, Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints, 2012, pp 80-81, no. 15

price: $ 2,200

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