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Title

(Emperor Antoku and his nurse)


Artist

Toyohara KUNICHIKA

Japan

1835 - 1900


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

163.1997


Artist information

Toyohara KUNICHIKA

Works in the collection

15


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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