Re: Unidentified archaic print (#3)

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Posted by Dick Illing on February 07, 2003 at 10:05:45:

In Reply to: Re: Unidentified archaic print (#3) posted by Guy Pepermans on February 06, 2003 at 22:54:17:

I agree that there was a vogue for such prints in the 1730-40 era. The Genji prints described and illustrated in Waterhouse's 'Images of Eighteenth Century Japan' (Royal Ontario Museum, 1975) pp.34-7 & 81-7 by Kiyomasu II and Shigenaga each have a Genjimon in a rondel, lacking in this print. The sale catalogue of the Walter Amstutz collection (Sotheby, 1975) shows 'spring', another of the Toshinobu series Shiki no asobi, and states that a copy of 'winter' can be found in vol 6 Pl.149 of Genshoku Ukiyo-e Daihyakka Jiten (11 vols. Tokyo 1980-82) to which I do not have access but which may prove the clincher.

: Hello Noel and Richard,

: I found a similar kidney-shaped (suhama) design in the exhibition catalogue of the Kupfertisch-Kabinett in Dresden, Germany.

: This hand-colored hosoban print is by Kiyomasu II (1706-1763) The publisher was Izumyi-ya Gonshirô and it dates from ca 1730. At the right hand side there is also the title cartouche and the signature (that seems to be trimmed off in Noels print).

: The print depicts Chapter 32 from the Genji Tale. The Catalogue quotes D. Waterhouse and states that the first 26 prints of this Genji-series were designed by Shigenaga. Other examples of the series are found in the Royal Museum of Toronto.

: I'm not at all an expert but is it possible Shigenaga did also design Noels print? There is a ressemblance with the style of the figures on this print and a print shown in R. Lane's Images from the Foating World, p 84 pl 73.

: In any case, when the artist is likely to be Toshinobu - it seems the at least 3 different artists - with different backgrounds - where producing similar prints at the same epoque. It was clearly some kind of a vogue or fashion at that particular time.

: Guy

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