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
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, 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 3 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
Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019
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.).