Fusatane Utagawa, Prince Genji in a Peony Garden
Artist: Fusatane Utagawa (act. 1854-1889)
Title: Prince Genji in a Peony Garden
Publisher: Kiya Sojiro
Size: (L) 25.4 x 36.6 (C) 25.4 x 27.3 (R) 25.2 x 37.2 cm
Condition report: Misprinting, minor stains, horizontal centrefold on each panel, original blue pigment on the centre panel.
In the Edo period (1603-1868), the subject of Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji was imagined and reimagined countless times. In both archaic and contemporary forms, the story had been relocated from the old capital of Kyoto to the new audience Edo. A key proponent to the reinvigoration of this classic tale was the extremely popular serialisation of Ryutei Tanehiko's (1783-1842) illustrated book False Murasaki and a Rural Genji, a loose adaptation that interwove contemporary culture to the original plot.
Fusatane was a ukiyo-e artist through the Edo to Meiji period transitional years. Under the tutelage of Utagawa Sadafusa, Fusatane’s competency in a variety of genres is evident. His landscapes, as well as bijinga (beauty prints) and kaika-e (depictions of Japan’s modernisaton) were typical in style to those in the Utagawa school. Due to the decline of the ukiyo-e industry at the time, Fusatane took on other illustrating jobs at newspapers and book publishers, like many artists at the time.
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Kimono Design, Flowers & Botanical|
|Dimensions||(L) 25.4 x 36.6 (C) 25.4 x 27.3 (R) 25.2 x 37.2 cm|
|Condition Report||Misprinting, minor stains, horizontal centrefold on each panel, original blue pigment on the centre panel.|