Login/Register

Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Triptych of three bijin and children gathering outdoors at dusk in the summertime

Bookmark and Share
Dates: 1847 - 1850,created
Dimensions: 30.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Publisher: Ebiya Rinnosuke
(Marks 040 - seal 07-021) Censor seals - on center and left: Mera and Murata
on the right: Muramatsu

Related links:

Physical description:

The woman in the center has a tenugui or hand towel (手拭い) draped over her right shoulder - a common site of anyone coming from or going to a bath. She appears to be carrying a shallow red lacquer tray in her right hand. The blue of the outer robe is decorated with blossoms and large wheels. She is wearing a simple brown summer obi with an equally simple black pattern. This cloth was possibly made in Hakata.

***

This design of this triptych is notable for Kuniyoshi's daring use of silhouette forms for the background figures and landscape. However, his sense of perspective and recession are a bit skewed here.