Utagawa Hiroshige & Utagawa Kunisada, An Elegant Genji, Suma

Utagawa Hiroshige & Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

An Elegant Genji: Suma
(Furyu Genji: Suma)

the left sheet signed Hiroshige ga with artist's red rectangular artist's seal with publisher's seal Isekane (Iseya Kanekichi), the right sheet signed Toyokuni ga; each sheet with carver's seal of Yokogawa Takejiro, censor's seals Murata (Murata Heimon) and Kinugasa (Kinugasa Fusajiro), and date seal Ushi-shi (year of the ox, fourth month [1853])

oban tate-e triptych 28 7/8 by 14 1/8 in., 73.5 by 36 cm

This print is from a group of collaborative triptychs produced in the 1850s by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III, 1786-1865), arguably the leading landscape print artist and the leading actor and figure print artists of the era. In the classic version of The Tale of Genji, Genji is exiled to Suma in Chapter 12 and 13 due to erroneous accusations at the Imperial court. In Chapter 18 of A Rustic Genji, Mitsuuji is disowned by his father and is exiled to Suma where there is a scene in which he plays the koto and then steps out onto a verandah to take in the view of the beach and a ship offshore.

Matthi Forrer, The Baur Collection: Japanese Prints, 1994, Vol. II, no. G582
Miyeko Murase, The Tale of Genji: Legends and Paintings, 2001, nos. 12-13
Andreas Marks, Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints, 2012, pp. 10-17, and p. 242, no. 253, G550-03



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