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JAPANESE COLOUR-PRINTS

  • Toilet scene, six figures, oblong (Berlin Kunstgewerbemuseum).
  • The Suruga Street in Yedo on New Year's Day, 1780, black and white, intended to be coloured by hand; probable the largest print ever produced by a Japanese wood-engraver.

Of series:

  • The twelve months of the year, represented by women.
  • Another set of the same.
  • Eight landscapes of Yedo, in lateral form.

Reproductions of his work are given by Strange, plate i. and at page 28, and more especially by H. E. Field on four plates in the Burlington Magazine (see supra), where works typical of every stage of Kiyonaga's development are brought together. Especially notable are his compositions in triptych form:—

  • Three actors, about 1779 (Fenollosa, No. 229), dating from the earliest time of his independent activity, reminding us of Shunsho; a rarity in this kind of representation.
  • The celebrated boating party on the Sumida, the river running through Yedo (reproduced in Bing's Catalogue from his Japon Artistique).
  • Women stepping out of a boat; one of his most beautiful works.
  • Women on verandah, looking down upon river.
  • Women in garden, dyeing cloth.
  • Pouring rain.
  • Women's bathing house (interior).
  • A flute player before a company of women.
  • A young prince with falcon, surrounded by women, Fuji in background.
  • A party in a boat enjoying the tricks of a monkey.

His few illustrated books are called incomparable by Fenollosa. The Hayashi Catalogue (No. 1577, seqq.) tabulates such books of the years 1777 to 1791. Duret cites a further book of 1798, 3 vols., Yedo.

  • Kugai junen irojigoku, Ten Years of Torment in Love's Inferno, 1791.