Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Kataoka Takafusa, Faithful Samurai
Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1797-1861)
Title: Kataoka Takafusa
Series title: Gishi Shinzo
Publisher: Yamaguchiya Tobei
Size: 36 x 24.2 cm
Condition: Slightly trimmed, light tears on the right, light wear, light horizontal centrefold.
Provenance: B.W. Robinson Collection
Following the success of an earlier series entitled 'Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai', Kuniyoshi came back to the subject throughout his career, as seen in this set of prints.
The story of forty-seven retainers, also known as the story of the faithful samurai is one of the greatest tales about loyalty and revenge in Japanese history. It is closely based on a historical event from the eighteenth century. Many woodblock prints depicting the subject were published during the Edo period, as it resonated with a population that often resented the government of the time and was avid for any form of retribution. Kuniyoshi was a master in the genre of warrior prints, and his series expressively portrays these warrior 'folk heroes' individually.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Kuniyoshi Utagawa|
|Subject||Samurai & Male|
|Dimensions||36 x 24.2 cm|
|Condition Report||Slightly trimmed, light tears on the right, light wear, light horizontal centrefold.|