Toyokuni III Utagawa, Prince Genji, Cherry Blossom Viewing

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Artist: Toyokuni III Utagawa (1786 - 1864)
Title: Cherry Blossom Viewing
Publisher: Kiya Sojiro
Date: 1859
Size: (L)34.6 x 23.9 (C)34.8 x 24.1 (R)34.8 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 Triptych
Artist Name Toyokuni III Utagawa (Kunisada I)
Title Cherry Blossom Viewing
Subject Male & Female, Kimono Design, Flowers & Botanical
Dimensions (L)34.6 x 23.9 (C)34.8 x 24.1 (R)34.8 x 24 cm
Condition Report Light wear and soiling, small holes on the left panel, creases, light tears, slightly trimmed.