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An image of (Emperor Antoku and his nurse) by Toyohara KUNICHIKA

Toyohara KUNICHIKA

(Japan 1835 – 1900)

Title
(Emperor Antoku and his nurse)
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
Year
late 19th century
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour woodcut
Dimensions

35.1 x 23.5 cm image; 41.7 x 28.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Dr Roderick Bain 1997
Accession number
163.1997
Location
Not on display
Further information

This image might be part of triptych or diptych.

Produced in the mid to late 19th century, the period often referred to as the 'decadent' period of ukiyo-e; the subject matter reflects the feeling of unrest in Japan when the Shogunate Government was losing its grip on the rising powers of merchants & progressive regions. The subtlety of the pleasure seeking 'floating world' of earlier times gave way to depictions of emotional drama or violence taken from historical battles, stories of heroic deeds & the kabuki theatre. This period also produced intimate images of ordinary women in a manner which suggests an influence of Western paintings.

Kunichika started publishing the actor series in 1869.

Bibliography (1)

AJIOKA Chiaki (Curator), Heroes and villains: from Japan's floating world, Sydney, May 2001, 6. cat.no. 1.10

Exhibition history (1)

Heroes and Villains, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 May 2001–19 Aug 2001