Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Agematsu: Eda Genzo
Series; Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaido Road, 1852 - 1853
Kuniyoshi's Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaido Road - Terrific print from Kuniyoshi's Kisokaido Road series, published between 1852 and 1853. The Kisokaido Road ran between Edo and Kyoto along a mountainous inland route, as opposed to the Tokaido Road, which followed the coast. Kuniyoshi created one design for each of the sixty-nine stations along the way, plus images for Edo and Kyoto. Each features a well-known figure from history or legend, along with a small inset depicting the station itself. These terrific illustrations feature wonderful detail and handsome settings, many with deluxe printing treatments such as fine bokashi shading or burnishing. A great choice for a Kuniyoshi collector or anyone interested in Japanese history and folklore.
Agematsu: Eda Genzo - Terrific image of Eda Genzo, one of Yoshitsune's loyal retainers, perched in a pine tree near Horikawa Palace keeping a lookout for Shoshun's men. Yoshitsune had sought refuge from his brother, Yoritomo, at the mansion. Genzo shields his eyes with his hand as he looks up, steadying himself with his hand wrapped around the rugged trunk. The sleeves of his red kimono are tied back with a sash, and his pants are tucked up at the waist. In the valley below, glowing red lanterns dot the darkness, the sign of approaching troops. The inset at upper left shows a peaceful landscape at Agematsu with pines and mountains. A handsome composition.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14" x 9 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.