Genji enjoying the evening cool
Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III
1786 - 1865
1832 - 1891
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.
Genji nôryo no kei
Place where the work was made
colour woodcut; ôban triptych
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".
Gift of Dr. James Hayes 2003
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 2 publications
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, Sydney, Nov 2008, 31 (colour illus.).