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Utagawa Toyokuni I, ‘Fashionable Five Festivals: Amusements of Girls in the Seventh Month’, ca. 1796, Scholten Japanese Art
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Fashionable Five Festivals: Amusements of Girls in the Seventh Month, ca. 1796

Woodblock print
13 1/5 × 9 in
33.5 × 22.9 cm
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New York
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Scholten Japanese Art
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signed Toyokuni ga with publisher's seal Waka (Wakasaya Yoichi of Jakurindo), ca. 1796

aiban …

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Fashionable Five Festivals
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Wakasaya Yoichi of Jakurindo
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Utagawa Toyokuni I
Japanese, 1769–1825
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Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Toyokuni catapulted the eponymous Utagawa School to fame with his prints of elegant courtesans and actors, book illustrations, and paintings. He had a strong reputation during his lifetime and taught a host of talented students who carried on the traditions of the Utagawa School, including Utagawa Kunisada and Kuniyoshi. Toyokuni drew inspiration from the famous contemporary artists around him, particularly from Kitagawa Utamaro. During the early 1790s, his output mainly consisted of portraits of courtesans, who bear an elegance and idealism indicative of the period. These works set a standard for bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) for Ukiyo-e artists for generations to come. Through the 1790s and 1800s, Toyokuni not only captured actors’ stage roles, but also their private lives and individual personalities in his yakusha-e (actor prints).

Utagawa Toyokuni I, ‘Fashionable Five Festivals: Amusements of Girls in the Seventh Month’, ca. 1796, Scholten Japanese Art
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signed Toyokuni ga with publisher's seal Waka (Wakasaya Yoichi of Jakurindo), ca. 1796

aiban tate-e 13 1/4 by 9 in., 33.5 by 22.9 cm

A beauty seated at a writing table prepares to write a wish upon a narrow slip of paper which will be used as an ornament to hang on a bamboo decoration for the Tanabata Festival. On …

Medium
Print
Series
Fashionable Five Festivals
Publisher
Wakasaya Yoichi of Jakurindo
Image rights
Scholten Japanese Art
Utagawa Toyokuni I
Japanese, 1769–1825
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Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Toyokuni catapulted the eponymous Utagawa School to fame with his prints of elegant courtesans and actors, book illustrations, and paintings. He had a strong reputation during his lifetime and taught a host of talented students who carried on the traditions of the Utagawa School, including Utagawa Kunisada and Kuniyoshi. Toyokuni drew inspiration from the famous contemporary artists around him, particularly from Kitagawa Utamaro. During the early 1790s, his output mainly consisted of portraits of courtesans, who bear an elegance and idealism indicative of the period. These works set a standard for bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) for Ukiyo-e artists for generations to come. Through the 1790s and 1800s, Toyokuni not only captured actors’ stage roles, but also their private lives and individual personalities in his yakusha-e (actor prints).

Fashionable Five Festivals: Amusements of Girls in the Seventh Month, ca. 1796

Woodblock print
13 1/5 × 9 in
33.5 × 22.9 cm
Sold
Location
New York
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