Kunisada II Utagawa, Tale of Genji, Chapter 42


Artist: Kunisada II Utagawa (1823-1880)
Title: Chapter 42, Nio Miya
Series: The Tale of Genji 54 Chapters
Date: 1850-1899
Size: 24.1 x 36.3 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

The Tale of Genji is Japan's most famous epic novel written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu (c. 973 –1031). Written in the eleventh century, the pastimes and customs of the imperial elite are described in detail, giving readers an insight into the distinct court culture of the Heian period (794-1185). These meetings allowed factions within the court to engage in healthy competition and often gave way to banqueting and revelry. A constant source of inspiration to Japanese artists, the tale received different interpretations depending on the period.


In 'The Tale of Genji 54 Chapters' series, Kunisada II presents all fifty-four chapters of 'The Tale of Genji' through iconic scenes.

Toyokuni IV Utagawa (Kunisada II) (1823 - 1880)

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Print FormatOban (Vertical)
ArtistToyokuni IV Utagawa (Kunisada II) (1823 - 1880)
SubjectBeauty & Female, Male & Female, Kimono Design
Size24.1 x 36.3 cm
Condition ReportTrimmed. Minor spots.