Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Evening Cool at Azuma Bridge, 1853
Comments - Handsome triptych depicting boats under Azuma Bridge on a summer afternoon. In the center, a man prepares to write a poem or letter, unrolling a sheet of paper, a brush caught between his teeth. His black kimono is patterned with tiny gourds and vines, the fabric shaded to add a sense of depth to the folds. The beauty kneeling in the front of the boat smiles at him as she pats the side of her neck with a blue towel. She wears a tie-dyed cotton kimono with blue butterflies and tan blossoms, one bare foot peeking from beneath the hem. The woman at right leans back with a folding fan in hand, watching as a swallow darts beneath the bridge. Tall wooden pilings provide a dramatic framework for the view, the rippling surface of the water dotted with many boats. An attractive design with soft shading in the water and sky. A terrific composition and a great image of a favorite summer activity to escape the heat of the city.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small hole, a couple small thinning spots, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.