Signed with seal by “Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)” (1786-1865). These woodblocks are additionally embellished with multiple descriptions.
Kunisada was the most prolific and commercially successful designer of Ukiyo-E woodblock prints in 19th century Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. Kunisada, a part of the Utagawa school of print making, concentrated mostly on depicitions of kabuki actresses and models. Among his oeuvre, only about 100 prints of samurais or landscapes exist- strict trade agreements between artists and schools kept woodblock artists more or less bound to a set of genres. This individual piece is a museum quality print, unique in subject matter when compared across the rest of Kunisada’s work.
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