Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Yamabe no Akahito, Poet No. 4
Series; Comparison of the Ogura One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, circa 1847
Comparison of the Ogura One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each - Handsome design from a terrific series pairing a verse from the best-loved collection of Japanese poetry, "The One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each," with figures from Japanese history or theater. Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, and Kunisada each designed prints for the series. Divided into two parts, the first group of prints features a poem next to the series title, while the second half includes a fan-shaped inset with a portrait of the featured poet. A wonderful and unusual series with great designs by the top artists of the mid-19th century. These prints would make great additions to any ukiyo-e collection.
Yamabe no Akahito, Poet No. 4 - Lovely scene of New Year’s preparations with a beautiful young woman holding a miniature New Year’s decoration in her hand. Another woman kneels next to a fine lacquer box and a large ceramic bowl piled with snow, ready to shape it into a snow rabbit on the waiting red lacquer tray. She wears a striking blue and white kimono patterned with fans, plum blossoms, and mandarin oranges. Please note, the darkening on the snow is from the oxidation of the pigment used. The verse by the eighth-century poet Yamabe no Akahito reads:
When I take the path
To Tago’s coast, I see
Perfect whiteness laid
On Mount Fuji’s lofty peak
By the drift of falling snow.
An attractive design, nicely detailed and colored.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A few wormholes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.