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Torii Kiyonaga (1752–1815) - 19thC Japanese Woodblock, Geisha With Cricket Box

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Description

An extraordinarily vibrant ukiyo-e woodblock showing a group of geisha in eye-catching patterned kimonos. One is carrying a Wagasa parasol, another carrying a cricket box on her shoulder. The vibrant colouring and lack of printer's seal would indicate that this is a later 19th Century strike. The woodblock is presented in a simple wood frame with gilt inner window. On wove.

Condition

The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration.

Size

38 x 24cm (15" x 9.4")

Artist Biography

Torii Kiyonaga (1752 – June 28, 1815) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist of the Torii school. Originally Sekiguchi Shinsuke, the son of an Edo bookseller, from Motozaimokuchō Itchōme in Edo, he took on Torii Kiyonaga as an art name. Although not biologically related to the Torii family, he became head of the group after the death of his adoptive father and teacher Torii Kiyomitsu.

The master Kiyomitsu died in 1785; since his son died young, and Kiyotsune, Kiyonaga's senior, was a less promising artist, Kiyonaga was the obvious choice to succeed Kiyomitsu to leadership of the Torii school. However, he delayed this for two years, likely devoting time to his bijin-ga and realizing the immense responsibility that would fall on his shoulders once he took over the school. Thus, in 1787, he began organizing the production of kabuki signboards and the like, which the school held a near monopoly on. He also began to train Kiyomitsu's grandson, Torii Kiyomine, who was to succeed him.

More Information
Code qw703
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (1752–1815)
Date Early 19th Century
Dimensions 38 x 24cm
Medium Japanese Woodblock
Style Illustration Art
Subject Portrait
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