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Kunisada II (aka Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (1823 - 1880)

Chapter 2: Hahakigi (The Broom Tree)

Series: Tale of Genji
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: 1857
Size (H x W): 14 x 9.75 (inches)
Publisher: Tsutaya
Seals: Date and Aratame (censor seal)
Signature: Baichoro Kunisada ga
Condition: Very good color, good impression, light backing, brittle edges and small losses, embellished with embossing.


About the artist

Kunisada II (aka Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) was the leading student of Kunisada (Toyokuni III). His early work is signed Baido Kunimasa III. In 1846, he married his teacher's eldest daughter and began signing his prints Kunisada II. He again changed his name to Toyokuni IV after his teacher's death in 1864. Frequently using bright aniline colors, Kunisada II’s prints represent the exaggerated style of late ukiyo-e. Kunisada II is best known for his prints of beautiful women and historical subjects. His most famous and collected series is The Tale of Genji.