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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Japanese Beauties Enjoy a Full Moon

ca. 1840

About the Item

"Sun, Moon and Stars". Three beauties enjoy a full moon on the veranda of a teahouse or restuarant. The woman on the left kneels and adjusts her lavishly printed kimono. The beauty in the center has her hair down, and behind her is a screen against which shadows are beautifully silhouetted, which adds an air of mystery. The seated woman on the right is perhaps a geisha, as we see a shamisen lying next to her. Before her is a tray with an assortment of foods. One may surmise that the beauties are being compared to the sun, the moon, and the stars. On the left we glimpse a full moon shining over the peaceful bay, and boats at harbor. Original first edition Japanese color woodblock print triptych showcasing beautiful kimono and textile designs. Signed: Kochoro Kunisada ga. Sold unframed, although a high-quality custom frame is also available. The mastery of the Japanese woodblock print artists and artisans from this period has never been equalled. An elegant and sophisticated artwork that would be a focal point for any room. Utagawa Kunisada is rightly celebrated for his depictions of beautiful women, and he excelled at this triptych format.
  • Creator:
    Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) (1786-1864, Japanese)
  • Creation Year:
    ca. 1840
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 14.18 in (36 cm)Width: 29.06 in (73.8 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
    Excellent impression, color and condition. Minor trimming. Rare to find a work from this period in this condition.
  • Gallery Location:
    Burbank, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: KUS3221stDibs: LU33223177621
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