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Kokunimasa (aka Kunimasa V) (1874 - 1944)

Azuma Genji: Baby's First Shrine Visit

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1890
Size (H x W): 14 x 28 (inches)
Signature: Kokunimasa
Condition: Very good color, impression and state, light vertical fold on inside edges, wood grain visible, embellished with embossing and burnishing, sheets attached.


About the artist

Kokunimasa Utagawa (aka Kunimasa V) was a prolific artist who worked across the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods. Born in 1874 to the artist Hosai Baido (or Kunimasa IV), Kokunimasa worked in the Utagawa style, carrying the long line of Utagawa printmakers well into the 20th century. As the role of the woodblock print changed in Japan, Kokunimasa adapted to popular demand. He produced senso-e, or “war prints,” during both the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), as well as genre scenes, actor prints and more, often depicted in the triptych format. Though the 20th century brought new print movements, Kokunimasa remained true to aesthetic language of ukiyo-e. He also used the go, or "artist names," Baido and Ryukei.