Kunisada: Beauty with sake ewer
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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) (1786-1865) - after Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
A young beauty, holding a sake ewer in her hand, gazing down at a opulent dish with a seabream. The background landscape shows the ascending road at Mt. Utsu near Okabe.
Title: Okabe no zu (A view of Okabe) (22th station)
Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi (The Fifty-three Stations along the Tokaido)
Signature: Ôju Kunisada ga
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô)
Date: c. 1833 ff
Size: Vertical Chûban, 25 x 18 cm
Very good impression, colour and condition; retains old album backing. Bottom left a small discoloured area and slight rubbing; one small water stain.
For the landscape backgrounds of this beautiful bijin series Kunisada mostly adapted scenes from Hiroshige's vertical "Hôeidô-Tôkaidô“ (not yet completed at the time). Further information on the series in: Andreas Marks, Kunisada’s Tôkaidô. Riddles in Japanese Woodblock Prints. Leiden, 2013, p. 62 ff.