"Contest of the Cream, Kabuki and Pleasure Quarter" by Utagawa Toyokuni (Utagawa Kunisada)
Title: Yanagimachi Rien Zensei Hana Pair
Author: Kunisada Utagawa (Kunisada Utagawa) Often) / Large format Nishiki-e / Around the first year of Keio (1865)
Material: Rayon Fujiet
Design pattern: All over pattern
In Japan, Rien means the world of Kabuki. The etymology was in China during the Tang dynasty, and it is said that music and dance related things came to be called "pear garden" because the facility that inherited court music was in the garden where pears were planted. This work is one of the "Yanagimachi Risoen Seisei Hana Pair" series that the third generation, Toyokuni Utagawa (Kunisada Utagawa) worked on in his later years. Kabuki performances are written on the hanging tag, and Ichikawa Chomasu, who has a brave dragon tattoo, and Okada Uchida, a prostitute who holds a pocket paper and looks at him, are in the fan. It is beautifully drawn.
Kunisada Utagawa, a painter representing the Ukiyo-e world in the late Edo period, was born in 1786 at a lumber wholesaler's house in Edo Honjo. The beauty paintings he drew were predominant in the world, and the actors' paintings were highly evaluated, and it was said that he surpassed the first Utagawa Toyokuni who was his master. In the 15th year of Tenpo (1844), he was named the third generation Toyokuni. He is very enthusiastic about making works, and has left the most works among ukiyo-e artists at that time, and the number reaches more than 10,000.
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