• Midorigi (緑木) of the Wakamatsuya (若松屋) writing or composing a poem on a <i>tanzaku</i> - from the series <i>Zensei-hana no Sugata-e</i> (全盛花姿画), <i>volume 9</i> (巻九: <i>maki no kiyū</i>)
Midorigi (緑木) of the Wakamatsuya (若松屋) writing or composing a poem on a <i>tanzaku</i> - from the series <i>Zensei-hana no Sugata-e</i> (全盛花姿画), <i>volume 9</i> (巻九: <i>maki no kiyū</i>)
Midorigi (緑木) of the Wakamatsuya (若松屋) writing or composing a poem on a <i>tanzaku</i> - from the series <i>Zensei-hana no Sugata-e</i> (全盛花姿画), <i>volume 9</i> (巻九: <i>maki no kiyū</i>)
Midorigi (緑木) of the Wakamatsuya (若松屋) writing or composing a poem on a <i>tanzaku</i> - from the series <i>Zensei-hana no Sugata-e</i> (全盛花姿画), <i>volume 9</i> (巻九: <i>maki no kiyū</i>)
Midorigi (緑木) of the Wakamatsuya (若松屋) writing or composing a poem on a <i>tanzaku</i> - from the series <i>Zensei-hana no Sugata-e</i> (全盛花姿画), <i>volume 9</i> (巻九: <i>maki no kiyū</i>)

Kitagawa Tsukimaro (喜多川月麿) (artist )

Midorigi (緑木) of the Wakamatsuya (若松屋) writing or composing a poem on a tanzaku - from the series Zensei-hana no Sugata-e (全盛花姿画), volume 9 (巻九: maki no kiyū)

Print


ca 1804
9.125 in x 13.5 in (Overall dimensions) color woodblock print
Signed: kaimei Tsukimaro hitsu
改名 (name change) 月磨筆
Publisher: Tsutaya Jūzaburō
(Marks #555 - seal 03-002)
British Museum - another print from this series
Royal Museums of Art and History, Belgium (via Cultural Japan) There are so many tasks involved in figuring out the history of any series of Japanese prints that it is amazing that we know as much as we do. For instance, in this series by Tsukimaro we basically started out only knowing a few bits of information about this delightful print in the Lyon Collection. We knew that it represented volume 9 from a series entitled Zensei hana no sugata-e (全盛花姿画) which could loosely be translated as 'Golden Flower Paintings' and that was about it.

However, after some digging we found three other prints from this group: volume 1 at the British Museum, volume 3 in Leiden and volume 6 at an unknown location. Perhaps further research will help us to ferret out the others, but that may not be possible. Perhaps those examples are lost to us or maybe they are hiding away in collections that don't realize what they have. Maybe in time... For now we don't even know exactly how many prints there were in this series in total. However, small gifts are better than nothing.
Tsutaya Jūzaburō (蔦屋重三郎) (publisher)
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)