Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Courtesan behind Mosquito Netting, 1857
Comments - Terrific kabuki scene with a lovely portrait of the courtesan Tamagiku standing behind mosquito netting. She smiles shyly, tilting her head down and clutching her kimono sleeve to her chest as a man holding a lantern gestures for her to stay where she is, a concerned expression on his face. The fellow at left is engrossed in reading a long letter, his brow furrowed as he unrolls the paper, two additional unopened letters lying on the floor before him. A floral kimono hangs on a stand behind him, and a chest can be seen in the background piled with books. The mosquito netting adds a mysterious quality to the beauty, giving her an almost ghostlike appearance through the sheer fabric. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Bando Hikosaburo V, and Onoe Kikugoro IV. A handsome design, nicely detailed.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 29 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical fold in left panel. A few wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling and rubbing, a few creases and spots. Please see photos for details.