Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Shushuki Walking in the Rain
Series; Foundations of Morality and Success (Kyodo Risshi no Motoi)
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Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders. A fascinating series and a great choice for a collector interested in life in late 19th century Japan.
Shushuki Walking in the Rain - Handsome image of the young girl Shushiki walking alongside a palanquin in the rain. She gave up her place in the palanquin so that her old father could ride instead of having to walk in the stormy weather. She holds a hat high above her head as she lifts a lantern aloft, keeping in stride with the bearer carrying the load, her feet bare. Delicate lines of rain slant across the dark gray sky. A wonderful atmospheric design and a fine portrait of this selfless young girl.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning and soiling, stains. A few prints have a few holes or slight thinning at edge, repaired. Please see photos for details.