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Snow Cat: The First Snow of the Year, ca. 1850

Woodblock Print
13 3/4 × 28 1/2 in
34.9 × 72.4 cm
$4,500
location
New York
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Condition
Good color, very good impression, tape residue on reverse edges, soiling, old repaired binding marks on edges.
Signature
Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
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Yamaguchiya
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Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Japanese, 1797–1861
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The son of silk dyer, little is known about Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi's early years, though he is said to have shown remarkable talent from a young age. At age 14 he was accepted to study woodblock printing under Utagawa Toyokuni I and would become one of his most successful students. In direct contrast to Hiroshige and Hokusai's peaceful views of a scenic Japan published in the 1830s and ‘40s, the following decades saw a rise in popular taste for the fierce, fearsome and fantastical in ukiyo-e, which Kuniyoshi embraced. In 1814, he left Toyokuni’s studio to pursue a career as an independent artist. Initially, he had little success, selling tatami mats in order to support himself. His fortunes changed in 1827 with his dramatic series 108 Heroes of the Suikoden, and from that point on, he became known for portrayals of famous samurai and legendary heroes. Kuniyoshi also worked in in other print genres, producing landscapes and bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women).

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About the work
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Good color, very good impression, tape residue on reverse edges, soiling, old repaired binding marks on edges.
Signature
Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
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Publisher
Yamaguchiya
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Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Japanese, 1797–1861
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The son of silk dyer, little is known about Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi's early years, though he is said to have shown remarkable talent from a young age. At age 14 he was accepted to study woodblock printing under Utagawa Toyokuni I and would become one of his most successful students. In direct contrast to Hiroshige and Hokusai's peaceful views of a scenic Japan published in the 1830s and ‘40s, the following decades saw a rise in popular taste for the fierce, fearsome and fantastical in ukiyo-e, which Kuniyoshi embraced. In 1814, he left Toyokuni’s studio to pursue a career as an independent artist. Initially, he had little success, selling tatami mats in order to support himself. His fortunes changed in 1827 with his dramatic series 108 Heroes of the Suikoden, and from that point on, he became known for portrayals of famous samurai and legendary heroes. Kuniyoshi also worked in in other print genres, producing landscapes and bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women).

Snow Cat: The First Snow of the Year, ca. 1850

Woodblock Print
13 3/4 × 28 1/2 in
34.9 × 72.4 cm
$4,500
location
New York
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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