Fusatane Utagawa, Winter, Four Seasons of Genji, Snow Landscape

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Artist: Fusatane Utagawa (act. 1854-1889)
Title: Winter
Series: Four Seasons of Genji
Publisher: Kagaya
Date: 1861
Size: (L)35.3 x 24 (C)35.4 x 24 (R)35.4 x 24 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Written in the 11th century by the noble woman Murasaki Shikibu, 'The Tale of Genji' shows the pastimes and customs of the imperial elite that are described in detail, giving readers an insight to the distinct court culture of the Heian period (794-1185).

In the Edo period (1603-1868), '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.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Fusatane Utagawa
Title Winter
Subject Male & Female, Landscapes, Kimono Design
Dimensions (L)35.3 x 24 (C)35.4 x 24 (R)35.4 x 24 cm
Condition Report Slightly trimmed, light tears, creases, wear and soiling, tear restored on the right panel.

Fusatane Utagawa