Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Surprise Visit to a Courtesan, 1876
Comments - Terrific kabuki scene from the play "Kuruwa Bunsho." Disinherited by his family because of his love for the courtesan Yugiri of the Yoshidaya Teahouse, Fujiya Izaemon wanders the streets aimlessly, hoping for a reunion with his lover. He surprises her with a visit to the teahouse, tormenting himself with the thought that she might be entertaining other patrons. He is shown holding a small red lacquer stand over his shoulder, beating it like a drum. He smiles at her cautiously, wearing a kimono with an unusual pattern of kanji characters. She is turns away from him, hiding behind the sleeve of her kimono, smiling with pleasure yet concerned by his jealousy. Her purple robe features a design of folding fans and peonies. The story ends happily when the samurai is no longer disinherited and the pair is reunited. A lively, colorful design, nicely detailed with burnishing in Izaemon's black obi and the collar of his red under robe.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 9" x 13 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Some light soiling at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.