Lot: 39

91 Tribal Art Auction

Portrait of a beautiful woman "bijin"

Utagawa Kunisada / Toyokuni III (1786-1865), Tokio, Japan

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Herbert Egenolf and Elizabeth Danechild, Ukiyo-e Gallery, Düsseldorf / San Francisco, Germany / USA (1986) 2200 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

colour woodblock print / paper, cartouche / stamp, sign. Toyokuni, m: 26 x 18 cm Kunisada was the most popular and successful draftsman of Japanese color woodblock prints of his time. According to the traditions of the Utagawa School, his main subject was the genre of "kabuki" illustrations and actor portraits. Much of his complete work is made up of "bijin" prints (pictures of beautiful women). Additionally: two erotic scenes "shunga", unknown artists, m: 19,5 x 26,5 cm / m: 11 x 15,5 cm