Utagawa Toyokuni III (Utagawa Kunisada), ‘Ushiwakamaru and Benkei’, ca. 1835, Print, Woodblock diptych, Scholten Japanese Art
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Ushiwakamaru and Benkei, ca. 1835

Woodblock diptych
15 × 20 1/2 in
38 × 52 cm
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New York
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Scholten Japanese Art
New York

signed Kochoro Kunisada ga, publisher's seal Hei (Omiya Heihachi), ca. 1835

oban tate-e …

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Omiya Heihachi
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Scholten Japanese Art
Utagawa Toyokuni III (Utagawa Kunisada)
Japanese, 1786–1864
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Born in the Honjo district of Edo as Kunisada Tsunoda, Kunisada’s family owned a small hereditary ferryboat service. Though his father, an amateur poet, died when Kunisada was a child, the family business provided some financial security. During his childhood, he showed considerable promise in painting and drawing. Due to strong familial ties with literary and theatrical circles, he spent time studying actor portraits.

At age 14, he was admitted to study under Toyokuni, head of the Utagawa school. Kunisada’s work embodies the characteristics of the Utagawa school, focusing on traditional subjects such as kabuki, bijin (beautiful women), shunga (erotic prints), and historical prints. His first known print dates to 1807, his first illustrated book to 1808. Kunisada’s career took off from the beginning. Many of his works became overnight successes and he was considered the “star attraction” of the Utagawa school. He signed his works “Kunisada,” sometimes with the studio names of Gototei and Kochoro affixed. In 1844, he adopted the name of his teacher and became Toyokuni III. Kunisada passed away in 1864 in the same neighborhood that he was born. He was 70 years old. Kunisada was a highly popular, and the most active, ukiyo-e artist of the 19th century. In his time, his reputation surpassed those of his contemporaries Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.

Utagawa Toyokuni III (Utagawa Kunisada), ‘Ushiwakamaru and Benkei’, ca. 1835, Print, Woodblock diptych, Scholten Japanese Art
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signed Kochoro Kunisada ga, publisher's seal Hei (Omiya Heihachi), ca. 1835

oban tate-e diptych 15 by 20 1/2 in., 38 by 52 cm

This composition depicts the famous battle between Ushiwakamaru (a.k.a. Minamoto no Yoshitsune, 1159-1189) and his future retainer Musashibo Benkei (d. 1189) on Gojo Bridge in Kyoto. …

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Omiya Heihachi
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Scholten Japanese Art
Utagawa Toyokuni III (Utagawa Kunisada)
Japanese, 1786–1864
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Born in the Honjo district of Edo as Kunisada Tsunoda, Kunisada’s family owned a small hereditary ferryboat service. Though his father, an amateur poet, died when Kunisada was a child, the family business provided some financial security. During his childhood, he showed considerable promise in painting and drawing. Due to strong familial ties with literary and theatrical circles, he spent time studying actor portraits.

At age 14, he was admitted to study under Toyokuni, head of the Utagawa school. Kunisada’s work embodies the characteristics of the Utagawa school, focusing on traditional subjects such as kabuki, bijin (beautiful women), shunga (erotic prints), and historical prints. His first known print dates to 1807, his first illustrated book to 1808. Kunisada’s career took off from the beginning. Many of his works became overnight successes and he was considered the “star attraction” of the Utagawa school. He signed his works “Kunisada,” sometimes with the studio names of Gototei and Kochoro affixed. In 1844, he adopted the name of his teacher and became Toyokuni III. Kunisada passed away in 1864 in the same neighborhood that he was born. He was 70 years old. Kunisada was a highly popular, and the most active, ukiyo-e artist of the 19th century. In his time, his reputation surpassed those of his contemporaries Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.

Ushiwakamaru and Benkei, ca. 1835

Woodblock diptych
15 × 20 1/2 in
38 × 52 cm
Sold
Location
New York
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