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JAPANESE COLOUR-PRINTS

Japanese wood-engravings of our own times. His most celebrated work is the fifty-four folio sheets illustrating the novel Genji Monogatari, which in the year 1857 was followed by a smaller series on the same subject. He also, together with his younger classmate Kuniyoshi, illustrated the Tokaido and other works. He died in 1865, at the age of seventy-eight years. Fenollosa (Outline, pl. xviii.) reproduces a triptych by him. Of his works the following are mentioned:—

  • Triptych: a young girl on the seashore (about 1806, according to Fenollosa, No. 394).
  • Pentaptych: the great Sumida bridge.

Series:—

  • The actor Icchosai in his chief comic parts, 48 sheets, fol.
  • Actor prints, above each an orchestra of five musicians, fol.
  • Actors in half length, 8vo.
  • The courtesans, 118 sheets, fol.
  • Genji Monogatari, at the top of every sheet a fan with various designs, 54 sheets, fol. 1828.
  • Azuma Genji, 54 pictures of women, with variants on Genji Monogatari, 8vo.
  • Miyomato Mansashi, ghost pictures and others, 124 sheets, fol.
  • Joso sanju rokukisen, occupations of women, fol.
  • Hana no sugatami, more than 60 theatrical scenes, 12mo, with the names of the different provinces where the scenes take place.
  • Anderson's Catalogue cites several works of the years 1827-32. Strange reproduces, at page 50, three of his sheets; Gonse, i. page 98, a surimono.

(Kiku­) (chi ) (Yo­) (sai) Kunisada's contemporary, Kikuchi Yosai, also called Takiyasu, endeavoured, although he belonged to the naturalistic Shijo school, to arrest the decay of art by approaching to the old Tosa style.[1] Born in Kioto in 1787, he first studied under a

  1. Anderson Cat., p. 419; idem., Japanese Wood-Engraving, p. 58; Strange, p. 102; Madsen, p. 137; Brinckmann, p. 211; Cat. Burty, No. 135.