Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) is my favorite Japanese print ukiyo-e artist. His draftsmanship, color, and imagination alone mark him as a genius. Although he lived in a time when Japan, as many countries, attempted to subjugate women … Kuniyoshi seems to be, if not a femnist, sensitive and respectful.

This print, that I bought today, is described on the Fujiarts.com website as:

Urazato, Katsumi, and Midori, 1847 – 1852 – Interesting kabuki scene of the courtesan Urazato and her two young kamuro or child apprentices in the snow. Urazato’s employer had forbidden her to see her sweetheart, Tokijiro, and when he discovered they had been meeting, he beat her and left her tied up in the garden in winter. Here, the beauty smiles as she looks up as the couple’s daughter, Midori, shelters her mother from the falling snow with a large hat. Her other kamuro, Katsumi, clings to her knee. A sweet moment between the mother and daughter despite the circumstances, nicely captured with expressive figures and an attractive setting.

Artist – Kuniyoshi (1797 – 1861)

Image Size – 14 3/8″ x 9 3/4″ + margins as shown

Condition – This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Diagonal folds. Creasing and wrinkling, slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.


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