Original Japanese woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisada 歌川 国貞; (1786-1865) also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III.
'Beloved Concubine Kocho, Her Maid Okoma, and Narushima Tairyo', Japan 1853.
Dimensions print: 14 x 30 inches (35,5 x 76 cm), dimensions frame: 19.9 x 35.7 inches (50,5 x 90,7 cm).
Comes with the aluminium frame.
Utagawa Kunisada was the most popular, prolific and commercially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. Following the traditional pattern of the Utagawa school, Kunisada's main occupation was kabuki and actor prints, like this theater performance with the giant cat.
There are a lot of prints from Kunisada, but a complete triptych is more difficult to find. This version with the giant cat, I can only discover an example of the Courtesy Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation.
Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica. The term ukiyo-e (浮世絵) translates as 'picture's of the floating world'.
Ukiyo-e Triptych by Utagawa Kunisada
Some small spots, discolorations and a few minor holes, but generally in very good condition.