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Utagawa Kunisada (ToyokuniIII, 1786-1865)A Pictorial Commentary on One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets: no. 49, Minam...
07/16/2024

Utagawa Kunisada (ToyokuniIII, 1786-1865)
A Pictorial Commentary on One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets: no. 49, Minamoto no Shigeyuki, ca. 1845

A standing beauty wearing an elegant kimono decorated with a pattern of butterflies and plovers in flight (an allusion to the legend of the Soga Brothers) holding a large shamisen with a plectrum in her right hand as she adjusts the tuning pegs with her left.

The poem by Minamoto no Shigeyuki reads;

Kaze wo itami
iha utsu nami no
onore nomi kudakete mono wo
omofu koro kana

Waves that beat against the rocks,
fanned by a fierce wind -
it is I alone
who breaks, those times
when I think of her!

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/3002

Paul Binnie (b. 1967)Flowers of a Hundred Years: Café Waitress [of 1930]During the inter-war years in Japan café culture...
07/13/2024

Paul Binnie (b. 1967)
Flowers of a Hundred Years: Café Waitress [of 1930]

During the inter-war years in Japan café culture became an important element of contemporary society - providing a meeting place for artisans, intellectuals as well as employment for women. Not unlike Edo period tea house waitresses, the modern café waitresses became a feminine icon of the era and were a frequent subject of novels, popular music and poetry.

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/2891

Ito Sozan (fl. ca. 1919-1926)Two Macaws, ca. post 1923It is believed that Watanabe Shozaburo produced kacho-ga (bird and...
07/08/2024

Ito Sozan (fl. ca. 1919-1926)
Two Macaws, ca. post 1923

It is believed that Watanabe Shozaburo produced kacho-ga (bird and flower prints) designs by Sozan up until the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake, after which Ohara Koson (1877-1945) took over as Watanabe's primary bird and flower print designer. However some Sozan designs were re-carved following the earthquake and Watanabe continued to list his prints in his 1936 catalog.

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/2051

Happy 4th of July - we hope you are enjoying your day!
07/04/2024

Happy 4th of July - we hope you are enjoying your day!

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III, 1786-1865)One Hundred Beauties from Famous Places in Edo: Mimeguri, 1857This composition...
06/28/2024

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III, 1786-1865)
One Hundred Beauties from Famous Places in Edo: Mimeguri, 1857

This composition depicts a beauty kneeling beside a large umbrella, set before an inset landscape cartouche of the Mimeguri shrine. The Mimeguri Jinja, located in Mukojima, was a landmark along the ferry ride from central Edo to the pleasure quarters of Yoshiwara. The central dieties at the temple are dedicated to Ebisu, the god of fisherman, commerce and good fortune; and Daikoku, god of wealth and farmers.

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/1663

Katsukawa Shunsen (Shunko II, 1762 - ca. 1830)Courtesans Matching with Sumo Wrestlers: Takigawa from the House of Ogiya,...
06/25/2024

Katsukawa Shunsen (Shunko II, 1762 - ca. 1830)
Courtesans Matching with Sumo Wrestlers: Takigawa from the House of Ogiya, kamuro Onami and Menami, 1807

The series title cartouche in the upper right corner is cleverly designed in the shape of a sumo wrestling arena, with its distinctive ring defined by four pillars and canopy above.

Of all the myriad of tropes that beauties have been likened to in -e, comparing courtesans to sumo wrestlers may be one of the more obscure. Perhaps the space occupied by the courtesan's voluminous robes which fill the composition is similar to the girth of a sumo wrestler, and like a victorious competitor, we may regard Takigawa as a 'champion' of her arena of beauty and style.

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/3536

Tsukioka Yosh*toshi (1839-1892)Beauties and Seven Daytime Flowers: Begonia, Marikoji Yoshiko, 1878This series presents b...
06/24/2024

Tsukioka Yosh*toshi (1839-1892)
Beauties and Seven Daytime Flowers: Begonia, Marikoji Yoshiko, 1878

This series presents beautiful women of the Imperial court paired with large details of flowers. The bijin were identified by their rank, and the prints were produced utilizing vibrant pigments which were newly available after Japan opened its ports to the international trade.

The synthetic dyes used for textiles and print production which first appeared on the market in the mid-1860s provided an inexpensive way to render what were previously exorbitantly expensive colors - most specifically in the range from red to purple.

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/1853

Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934)⁠Home Town in the Dream: Pilgrim with a Tengu Mask⁠⁠From Yumeji's poetry book Yume no Furusat...
06/19/2024

Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934)⁠
Home Town in the Dream: Pilgrim with a Tengu Mask⁠

From Yumeji's poetry book Yume no Furusato (Hometown in the Dream) published in 1919 with ten woodblock prints.⁠

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/3454

Yamamura Koka (Toyonari,1885-1942)Buddha's Hand with Navel Oranges, ca. 1926In 1924 Toyonari self-published a group of t...
06/15/2024

Yamamura Koka (Toyonari,1885-1942)
Buddha's Hand with Navel Oranges, ca. 1926

In 1924 Toyonari self-published a group of ten prints that expanded his range beyond kabuki portraits with an untitled set that included images of beauties, landscapes, stilllife, and bird-and-flower subjects. The prints explored a greater abstraction with bold colorization, in this composition embracing an emerging modern woodlock print aesthetic emphasizing the black outline and flat planes of color.

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsH/3192

Oda Kazuma (1881-1956)Night Music on a Floating Pavillion, 1927Oda Kazuma drew inspiration from daily life in the city a...
06/13/2024

Oda Kazuma (1881-1956)
Night Music on a Floating Pavillion, 1927

Oda Kazuma drew inspiration from daily life in the city and frequently depicted cityscapes and dynamic street scenes. His nocturnal views of atmospheric, murky hues were punctuated by orbs of glowing lanterns or radiating electrified light, and his figural subjects were often creatures of the night: movie cinema and theater attendees, waitresses and their patrons, maiko (apprentice geisha) and other women associated with entertainments such as musicians and dancers.

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/4021

Tsukioka Yosh*toshi (1839-1892)One Hundred Tales of China and Japan: Minamoto Yorimitsu Ason, 1865Arachnophobes beware! ...
06/08/2024

Tsukioka Yosh*toshi (1839-1892)
One Hundred Tales of China and Japan: Minamoto Yorimitsu Ason, 1865

Arachnophobes beware! Yorimitsu was a warrior who in his capacity as a commander of a regiment of the Imperial Guard is credited with subduing the bandits of Oeyama, among other military accomplishments. However, legend reimagined his foes as demons and other fantastical creature, including the earth spider.

There are many variations of this story. In some retellings, the spider approaches Yorimitsu in the form of a priest, and through a series of incantations attempts to catch the warrior in his web. In others, the tsuchigumo is massive, with each leg the size of a man. While the spider of this depiction is far smaller, it is certainly a no less dangerous foe.

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/1759

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III, 1786-1865)Actors at the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido: Shimizutani, Actor Nakamura...
06/07/2024

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III, 1786-1865)
Actors at the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido: Shimizutani, Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Seigen, 1852

The story of the priest Seigen of the Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto has several iterations, but the core of the story revolves around an ill-fated affair and subsequent depravity of a disgraced priest.

In one version Seigen makes a su***de pact with his lover, a young page named Shiragiku, who follows through with their vow while Seigen fails to do so. Seventeen years later, Seigen falls madly in love with the Princess Sakura who embodies the reincarnated soul of Shiragiku. After several plot twists, Seigen is wrongfully accused of seducing Sakura and is dismissed from the temple, losing his status, and while wandering in dishonor, Princess Sakura mistakenly stabs him to death (ahh Kabuki, you're always so uplifting!)

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/3285

Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)Eight Favorite Things in the Modern World: Kenzake, This series of bijin bust portraits likens b...
06/06/2024

Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)
Eight Favorite Things in the Modern World: Kenzake,

This series of bijin bust portraits likens beauties of various ages to their 'favorite things' that reflect their social positions. Based on the subtle attire of this woman modeling her mastery of the iki style of restrained elegance, she is very likely a geisha of the trendy Fukagawa district.

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/3518

Kitano Tsunetomi (1880-1947)Seasons of the Pleasure Quarters: no.2, Spring, ca. 1918Although Kitano Tsunetomi was born i...
05/30/2024

Kitano Tsunetomi (1880-1947)
Seasons of the Pleasure Quarters: no.2, Spring, ca. 1918

Although Kitano Tsunetomi was born in Kanazawa, he moved to Osaka as a young man where he would establish himself as a leading master of bijin-ga, and in his own lifetime, earn recognition as the first Nihonga artist from Osaka.

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/3838

Kakunen Tsuruoka (1892-1977)Palms With Boat on Water - ink and wash on washi paper, ca. 1941This landscape was painted o...
05/29/2024

Kakunen Tsuruoka (1892-1977)
Palms With Boat on Water - ink and wash on washi paper, ca. 1941

This landscape was painted on the same type of washi paper Kakunen used for a few of his works from his time at Poston. As such, it seems likely that it was produced either before or shortly after his arrival at the internment camp, when he was still painting nostalgic views of Japan and signing in Japanese.

For more info: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsH/2474

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)⁠One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo, 1857⁠⁠This is a view from...
05/24/2024

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)⁠
One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo, 1857⁠

This is a view from Fukagawa Susaki, the very well known peninsula along Edo Bay with the popular Benten Shrine at the very tip. ⁠

The land offered excellent shellfish-gathering at low tide in the spring. The view faces northeast towards Jumantsubo, a tract of land named after its approximate size of one hundred thousand tsubo (about eight acres).⁠

For more info on this iconic work visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/4194

Lilian May Miller (1895-1943)The Drum Tower, Ieyasu Temple, Nikko, 1935Lilian May Miller was born in Japan in 1895. Her ...
05/23/2024

Lilian May Miller (1895-1943)
The Drum Tower, Ieyasu Temple, Nikko, 1935

Lilian May Miller was born in Japan in 1895. Her father worked at the American embassy in Tokyo and her mother taught English at the Christian mission. In 1904, at the age of nine, Lilian enrolled in the atelier of Kano Tomonobu (1843-1912), one of the last Kano school masters.

She would return to the United States to attend high-school, but later would live and work in Japan again as an artist. By 1920 she was living as the tenant of the formidable Bertha Lum, and had turned to printmaking as a way of supplementing her income.

For more info visit: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/printsV/3793

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