The prince genji in a snowy garden

Utagawa Kunisada
1786 - 1865
The prince genji in a snowy garden
1854
Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Triptych of vertical ôban, each sheet c. 373 x 258 mm

Signed: on the lateral sheets Toyokuni ga in the Toshidama cartouche, in the central sheet signature Yuki no kei oju Hiroshige hitsu (landscape with snow painted, on request, by Hiroshige)
Publisher: Moriya Jihei (Kinshindo)
Censorship: Aratame
Date seal: 12th month of the Tiger year (1854)


Superb and even impressions with karazuri (in the clothes and on the mantle of the snow rabbit). Pristine colour, fine condition.

In the fifties there were numerous collaborations between Kunisada and Hiroshige in designing individual prints or series.

The snow rabbit depicted on the right sheet is, by sure, an allusion to the coming New Year of the Rabbit, 1855.

Other impressions of the triptych are at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (accession numbers 11.21540-2, 11.45113a-c).

Another impression is reproduced in the book by Andreas Marks, Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints, Leiden 2012; plate 236, p. 229.