Kuniyoshi, Utagawa; designer; Japanese printmaker, 1798-1861
Surimono. Colour print from woodblocks, blind-embossing, metallic pigments. Shikishiban. Signed: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga. Printer: Surikô Shinzô. Emblem of Hisakataya poetry group. Poetry: Sekaitei Kamendo, Hanamitei Tokiwa. c.1832.
given; 1937; Barron, E. Evelyn
From the series Fûzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi (Elegant women for the Suikoden novel - 108 designs) commissioned by the Hisakataya poetry group for New Year. In each print a beautiful woman from contemporary life is depicted in parody of one of the heroes of the Suikoden (The Water Margin), a story of the legendary exploits of a group of Chinese brigands during the Northern Song dynasty (1101-26). The legend was introduced into Japan in the 18th century and retold in a popular novel illustrated by Hokusai. Kuniyoshi’s first set of warrior prints depicted the Suikoden heroes. In this print, the robber Hyôshitô Rinchû is parodied as a young courtesan in winter kimono and snow-shoes walking on the bank of the Sumida River.
Object Number: P.530-1937
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 182392; input: 2011-03-29; modified: 2011-03-29)