A geisha leaning on the roof of a boat whilst eating 'edamame' (the blushing type - ima ni agari so)
A geisha leaning on the roof of a boat whilst eating 'edamame' (the blushing type - ima ni agari so)
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Japanese prints

Utagawa Kunisada

1786 - 1865

A Geisha Leaning on the Roof of a Boat Whilst Eating 'Edamame' (The Blushing Type - Ima ni Agari So) - 1859

Colour woodblock print
Oban: mm 378 x 254
Signed: Toyokuny ga
Censor: Aratame with the date
Series: The Modern Thirty-two Types
Ansei era, 3/1859, 6/1859
Engraver: Yokogawa Takejirō
Publishers:Shōrindō (Fujiokaya Jirō)

Fine, early impression on thick, deluxe paper. Extremely fine colour and pristine condition. Mika dust at the top of the composition with a beautiful design of Imado's bridge in Edo in the upper left side.

A Geisha leaning on the roof of a boat whilst eating ‘Edamane’, a boiled soya bean popular in summer.

After 1850 Kunisada made several series which were to confirm his as the greatest living print artist of the time.
There were two types of buyer for his prints. His first editions would have been made for affluent collectors and all subsequent issues were intended for the mass market. These later editions are less carefully printed and using cheaper materials.
The theme of the series is one wihch recurs throughout Kunisada’s career- that of women from the various districts of Edo.


Literature: Izzard ‘Kunisada’s World’, pages 180-81, n. 95.

Comments on: Utagawa Kunisada

At the age of fifteen years Kunisada became a pupil of Toyokuni. In the 1807 the artist produced his first illustrated book and one year after his first actor prints were published. He was successful very soon. Kunisada designed traditional ukiyo-e subjects like kabuki themes, beautiful women, historical events and few erotic prints and lanscapes In 1825 Toyokuni I had died, later in 1844 Kunisada take the name of his master: Toyokuni.
notes: Sold