Heroic Comparisons for the Chapters of Genji - Fantastic design from a series pairing images of heroes with chapters from the famous novel "The Tale of Genji." This beloved tale has been the inspiration for countless woodblock prints. Instead of featuring scenes from the life of Prince Genji, here Kuniyoshi illustrates legendary warriors and events that fit appropriately with the chapter titles. A rarely seen series by Kuniyoshi in the unusual otanzakuban format. A great choice for a collector.
Maboroshi (The Wizard), Chapter 41 - Handsome scene from Chapter 41 of the "Tale of Genji" showing Satsuma no Kami Tadanori outside the home of the beauty Kiku-no-maye, whom he is courting. He wears formal court dress, his robe featuring a beautiful butterfly design, and he holds a fan as he smiles eagerly, waiting to meet his love. Wonderful detail in the woven garden fence and home. An attractive composition from a rarely seen Kuniyoshi series, in an interesting format.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14" x 6 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold. A few small wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling, small spot. Please see photos for details. Good overall.