Toyokuni III Utagawa, The Tale of Genji, Winter Morning
Artist: Toyokuni III Utagawa (1786-1864)
Title: Winter Morning
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei
Size: (L)35.9 x 24.5 (C)36 x 24.2 (R)36.1 x 24.7 cm
Condition: Minor stains due to old glue, tear restored on the centre panel, creases, horizontal centrefold on the left panel.
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.
|Artist Name||Toyokuni III Utagawa (Kunisada I)|
|Subject||Male & Female, Kimono Design|
|Dimensions||(L)35.9 x 24.5 (C)36 x 24.2 (R)36.1 x 24.7 cm|
|Condition Report||Minor stains due to old glue, tear restored on the centre panel, creases, horizontal centrefold on the left panel.|