Ôtsu by C - Kuniyoshi


Artist: C - Kuniyoshi
Title: Ôtsu
Reference: uk027
Medium: Woodblock
Size: 33.5 x 21.8 cm
Date: 1845-46
Price: € 480
Further Info:
Plate No:56 , Ôtsu: Tosa Matabei and His Wife, from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui) 「東海道五十三対 大津 又平妻 土佐又平」, (also known as 53 Stations of the Tokaido by Two Brushes) Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) , Signed Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main image); Ôju Hiroshige sha (inset) 一勇斎国芳画、応需広重写 , Censor's seal: Mura Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô Artist's seal: paulownia (kiri) 改印:村 彫師:彫工房次郎. As happened often, although the series was called `Fifty-three parallels for the Tokaido Road` Robinson records 57 different plates because the stations Mitsuke, Ishiyakushi & Otsu had two images each. 55 also shows Ôtsu and was by Hiroshige showing `Matabei the painter and some of his works`. This woodblock shows `The painte Matabei and his wife before a cylindrical stone tank in the garden. Matabei was supposed to have been the originator of Ôtsu-ye. Matabei and his wife are by Kuniyoshi with the top fan-shape by Hiroshige. Excellent impression and colours, some worm holes repaired, bind holes down right hand-side, trimmed, very good condition overal. Ref: Robinson S44/56 (Page 129).

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