Utagawa Toyokuni I, ‘Segawa Kikunojo III and Sawamura Genosuke I’, ca. 1794, Print, Woodblock print, Scholten Japanese Art
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Utagawa Toyokuni I

Segawa Kikunojo III and Sawamura Genosuke I, ca. 1794

Woodblock print
15 3/10 × 10 3/10 in
38.8 × 26.2 cm
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New York
Scholten Japanese Art
New York

grey ground embellished with a dusting of mica; signed Toyokuni ga with publisher's seal …

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Izumiya Ichibei of Kansendo
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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, ‘Segawa Kikunojo III and Sawamura Genosuke I’, ca. 1794, Print, Woodblock print, Scholten Japanese Art
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grey ground embellished with a dusting of mica; signed Toyokuni ga with publisher's seal Sen'ichi han (Izumiya Ichibei of Kansendo), ca. 1794

oban tate-e 15 1/4 by 10 3/8 in., 38.8 by 26.2 cm

This print is from a small group of untitled full-length oban-sized portraits of kabuki actors on stage published by …

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Publisher
Izumiya Ichibei of Kansendo
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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).

Utagawa Toyokuni I

Segawa Kikunojo III and Sawamura Genosuke I, ca. 1794

Woodblock print
15 3/10 × 10 3/10 in
38.8 × 26.2 cm
Sold
Location
New York
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