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Evening glow at Seta



Utagawa Kunisada II


1823 – 1880

  • Details

    Other Title
    Eight Views of Lake Biwa: Evening glow at Seta
    Alternative title
    Ômni hakkei no uchi
    Place where the work was made
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Media category
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, ôban triptych
    35.0 x 74.5 cm :

    a - right image - female with mountain in background, 35 x 24.7 cm

    b - centre image - seated female with flowers, 35 x 24.8 cm

    c - left image - male, 35 x 24.7 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. [left sheet: part c] in Japanese, black ink "[Baichôrô Kunisada ga]".
    Signed l.l. [centre sheet: part b] in Japanese, black ink "[Nidai-me Kunisada ga]".
    Signed l.r. [right sheet: part a] in Japanese, black ink "[Ichijusai Kunisada ga]".
    Not dated.

    Gift of G F Williams 1995
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Utagawa Kunisada II

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  • About

    KUNISADA II (Toyokuni IV) was a pupil of KUNISADA I, and married his master's daughter in 1852. Around the time he changed his 'gô' from Kunisama to names such as Kunisada II, Ichijusai, Baichôrô, then Toyokuni in the early 1870s. He produced many characters of the so-called 'decadent' period of late 'ukiyo-e'.

    The bridge over the Seta River was one of the icons of Lake Biwa and a favourite subject of 'meisho-e', ‘pictures of famous places’. In the late Edo period, the focus of 'meisho-e' shifted from the landscape to the depiction of people, while 'ukiyo-e' artists often made satirical references to poetic sites as a means of adding sophistication to images of beautiful women. In this design, the view is merely a backdrop to the figures. The artist’s main concern is the sumptuous kimonos and contemporary details, such as the 'Inaka Genji'-inspired ‘prawn-tail’ hairstyle worn by the man.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Gary Hickey, Genji - the world of the Shining Prince, 'Genji in the 'Floating World' ', pgs. 30-41., Sydney, 2008, 36 (colour illus.), 50-51 (colour illus.). fig. 16. The colour illus. on pages 50-51 is a detail of this work. In the exhibition list of works this piece was incorrectly attributed to acc. no 289.2007.4 of the same chapter title.

Other works by Utagawa Kunisada II

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