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

Chosei-In on Mount Kenmoku in Sasanoto

Series: Miracles of Kannon
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: 1859
Size (H x W): 14.75 x 10 (inches)
Publisher: Yamadaya Shojiro
Seals: Combined aratame and date seal
Signature: Kunisada ga (bottom), Hiroshige (top)
Condition: Very good color and impression, some small wormage on margins and bottom edge.



In this "double brush" print, Kunisada II designed the figural foreground, while Hiroshige II designed the landscape at the top of the composition. Another impression of this print can be found in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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.