Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Spring Night Scene from Inaka Genji, 1847 - 1852
Series; Eastern Magic Lantern Slides of a Charming Figure
Spring Night Scene from Inaka Genji, 1847 - 1852 - Handsome image of Mitsuuji, the Inaka or Country Genji, waiting for the arrival of his stepmother, Fuji no Kata, with whom he is enamored. He sits on a deck at right, leaning against the edge of an open window, looking out of the corners of his eyes. In the dark, he thinks he sees the beautiful Fuji no Kata returning, led by her maidservant, Ayanagi, and he clumsily makes advances to her. As soon as the women step into the light, though, he realizes he has mistaken the maid Sugibae for Ayanagi, and Ayanagi for his stepmother. Ayanagi smiles shyly, tilting her head to the side, dressed in a brocade kimono patterned with wisteria over a red under robe. Two women wait outside the garden gate at left, one giggling into her sleeve over Mitsuuji's mistake as she looks up at her companion. Cherry blossoms frame the scene overhead, and a dipper rests across a stone water basin at right. A charming design with an attractively detailed setting and beautiful color. Includes delicate embossing in the white kimono trim.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 1/8" x 28"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Vertical centerfold in center panel. A few wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few wrinkles. Please see photos for details. Good overall.