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Stunning Prince Genji Subject!

 This splendid
triptych was created by the very famous Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1787-1865).
Kunisada was also known at times as Toyokuni III. Without a doubt he was one of
the greatest of all the Edo period ukiyo-e artists. During his lifetime he was
the most popular, prolific and financially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. His reputation
far exceeded that of his contemporaries: Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. The
title of this masterwork is Spring:
Prince Genji enjoying the Palace Iris Garden.
It is from ca. 1847-1852.

Beautiful triptych depicting Prince Genji and
several beauties on wooden walkways over a pond filled with blooming purple
iris. They pause to admire the gorgeous blooms, enjoying the spring day. The
young nobleman wears an elegant coat over his kimono and carries an ornate
pipe. A young attendant holds his sword while another carries a tobacco set in
a black lacquer caddy. A lovely landscape setting with soft shading in the
water and a large pine tree framing the scene. Prints depicting the natural
beauty of the classic Japanese iris are highly sought after by collectors. The
Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection. This is a
fantastic triptych that would make a very attractive display in any room.



This impressive original
woodblock triptych would be striking displayed on your home or
office wall. It would be a wonderful choice for the antique print collector or
the interior decorator.


This triptych would be a superb choice for any
collector. It is truly a classic image from the golden age of ukiyo-e. Matted and framed, this would
make a stunning presentation by itself or as an impressive addition to an
arrangement with other prints. It is one you will be proud to display in your
home or office and is bound to become a cherished family heirloom.


Utagawa Kunisada’s masterworks are in the
collections of many of the world’s great museums. Among them are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; the British Museum, London; the Hermitage
Saint Petersburg, Russia; and the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo.


ARTIST: Utagawa Kunisada
(Japanese, 1786 –1865).

TITLE:  Spring: Prince Genji the Palace Iris Garden,

MEDIUM: Authentic polychrome woodblock print. Ink
and color on handmade paper.

panels, unattached. Each image approx.: 14” x 9 3/4”; (35,6 cm x 24,8 cm).

COMBINED SHEET SIZE: Approx. 14” x 29 ¼”; (35,6
cm x 74,3 cm).

Edo period original triptych. Wonderful sense of age. Beautiful color and marvelous
detail. Some soiling and a few small spots. Backed by old paper. Please take a
moment to carefully examine the scans. 


Please bid or buy now.


Thank you.

The Staff at Uki Arts



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