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An image of Genji enjoying the evening cool by Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III, Utagawa KUNIHISA

Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III

(Japan 1786 – 1865)

Utagawa KUNIHISA

(Japan 1832 – 1891)

Title
Genji enjoying the evening cool
Alternative title:
Genji nôryo no kei
Place of origin
Japan
Year
1861
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour woodcut; ôban triptych
Dimensions

36.0 x 75.3 cm:

a - right sheet; 36 x 25.5 cm; image

b - centre sheet; 36 x 25 cm; sheet

b - centre sheet; 36 x 25.5 cm

c - left sheet; 36 x 25.1 cm

Signature & date
Signed [right sheet; part a] l.r., [in cartouche] in Japanese, "Toyokuni-ga". Signed [centre sheet; part b] l.l., [in cartouche] in Japanese, "Toyokuni-ga". Signed [left sheet; part c] l.l., [in cartouche] in Japanese, "Toyokuni-ga".
Credit
Gift of Dr. James Hayes 2003
Accession number
327.2003.a-c
Location
Not on display
Further information

This triptych is a collaboration between Kunisada and his son-in-law Kunihisa.

In allusion to the summer banquet given by Genji in his fishing pavilion, described in Chapter 26, a modern-day Genji enjoys the cool on a summer evening afforded by a restaurant platform on the banks of the Sumida River in Edo. Surrounded by a bevy of beauties, he stands to direct the attention of one of the women to a servant girl wading through the shallows with what looks like a bowl of cool noodles and sashimi.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW.

Bibliography (2)

Gary Hickey, Genji - the world of the Shining Prince, 'Genji in the 'Floating World', pgs. 30-41., Sydney, 2008, cover (colour illus.), 36 (colour illus.). fig.17. The colour illus. on the cover is a detail of this work.

Khanh Trinh, Look, 'Genji: the world of the Shining Prince', pg. 28-31, Newtown, Nov 2008, 31 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

The Floating World: Japan's World of transient pleasures, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 May 1994–17 Jul 1994

Genji - the world of the Shining Prince, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Dec 2008–15 Feb 2009