Utagawa Toyokuni III, "Preparing A Bath"
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Images of court life dominate much of the motifs found in Japanese woodblock prints. In this woodblock print by Toyokuni III we see servants drawing water from a stream or well while preparing an ofuro (soaking tub). The intricate detailing and linear framing from the architectural elements gives this woodblock print a unique composition. Notice the bats on the uchiwa (oval fan) in the left panel.
Date: c. 1845
Size: Oban Triptych (each sheet approx. 9" x 14")
Condition: Excellent color and condition
Frame Shown: 22" x 40" x 3/4", Classic Wood, Clear Walnut
Custom matting available for triptych prints. Sizes will be determined for best presentation in consultation with customer - overall size range will be 20" - 22" (height) X 38" - 40" (width). Note that additional shipping charges apply (sorry, no international shipping available for matted triptychs).
Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) (1786-1865) is one of Japan's most prolific and well-known Japanese woodblock print artists to emerge during the peak of ukiyo-e period printmaking. As was common among Japanese artists at the time, his moniker evolved from his teacher and master, Toyokuni I (1769-1825), as his prominence grew.