Triptychs of beautiful women,

Part IV

 

 

series- 'Womenĺs Educated Manners' (Fujin kokoroe), c

Title: Notes on Womenĺs Conduct (Fujin kokoro-e gusa, 婦人こころへ草)

Subtitle: Stretching Fabrics (Orimono, をりもの)

Description: Four serving-women washing sash and stretching it out to dry; with child playing in background

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

 

NOTE: From time to time, the authorities decided ukiyo-e prints were too frivolous.á One such time was in 1842, and many artists temporarily responded by turning their beautiful women into models of the virtue.á Here, serving-women are washing an obi (sash) and stretching it out to dry.á The inscription, printed over a repeating textile pattern, observes that this is better than buying new ones.

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) Snow, Moon and Flowers in Our Midst, Early morning snow (Yuki tsuki hana no uchi - yuki no ashita), Bijin on veranda with smow covered pine trees

Title: Snow, Moon and Flowers in Our Midst (Yuki tsuki hana no uchi, 雪月花の内)

Subtitle: Early Morning Snow (Yuki no ashita, 雪の朝)

Description: Bijin on veranda with snow covered pine trees

Date: 1847-1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

 

I am grateful to Guy Pepermans for this image.

Kuniyoshi - (triptych, moon, soji) Ume 1847-52, Girls playing 'kitsune ken'

Title: Three Important Requsities: Young Women, Bonds, Sake (Sanbyoshi musume kenzake, 三拍子娘券酒)

Description: Three beauties playing kitsune ken

Date: 1847-1852

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) T˘sei Imado no

Title: An Up-to-date Parlor in Imado at Night (T˘sei Imado no yo-zashiki, 當盛今戸の夜ざしき)

Description: Four beauties

Date: 1846-1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) T˘sei Imado no

Another state of the above triptych

Kuniyoshi - (triptych, boat) Cherry Blossom Viewing on the Sumida River (Sumidagawa hanami), 1847 - 1851

Title: Cherry Blossom Viewing on the Sumida River (Sumidagawa hanami, 隅田川花見)

Description: Flower-viewing by the Sumida River in front of the gate of Mimeguri Shrine

Date: 1847 - 1851

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

Kuniy0shi - (triptych) Playing in a Garden (Oniwa asobi), Beauties fishing in a pond, 1851

Title: Playing in a Garden (Oniwa asobi)

Description: Beauties fishing in a pond

Date: 1851 (censors Mera and Watanabe)

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

NOTE: The white rectangles in the right lower corners of two sheets indicate that Izumi-ya Ichibei is a secondary publisher, and the original publisher's seal was cut out of the woodblocks.á

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Title:

Description:

Date: c. 1845-6

Publisher: Iwamoto Kyűbei

Kuniyoshi - (tb yellow) [girls with flower arrangements], chrysanthemums, (4)1854, pub

A sheet from a later edition of the above design published by Mori-ya Jihei and dated the 4th month of 1854

Kuniyoshi - series of women's ceremonies, Wedding Ceremony, Pub

Series: Series of Womenʼs Ceremonies

Title: Wedding Ceremony (Konrei)á

Description: Three women preparing the bride (in pink) for the wedding ceremony

Date: 1843 (censor Tanaka Heishir˘)

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Kuniyoshi - series of women's ceremonies, Wedding Ceremony , Pub

Sheet from another state of the above triptych

Kuniyoshi - (lanterns) Melting spring snow, posed by courtesans (12)1855, late

Title: Courtesans with Melting Spring Snow (春の雪解続妾会)

Description: Three women on a balcony

Date: 12th month of 1855

Publisher: Ise-Yoshi

Kuniyoshi - (lanterns) Melting spring snow, posed by courtesans (12)1855

Another state of the above design

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Title: Modern Comparison of Beauties (T˘sei bijin awase, 當盛美人合)

Description:

Date: c. 1830

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tobei

Kuniyoshi - Beauties on a Verandah, (12)1855

Title:

Description: Beauties on a verandah with a hibachi

Date: 12th month of 1855

Publisher:

Title: None

Description: Beauties in boats beside the Ryogoku Bridge watching fireworks

Date: 1849 (censors Kinugasa and Yoshimura)

Publisher: Hon-ya Naoshichi

Title:

Description: Beautiful woman standing in pleasure boat

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Watanabe Sh˘emon)

Publisher:

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) beauties and children on the beach with Enoshima in background, pub

Title: View of Enoshima and Fuji from Shichirigahama (Shichiri gahama yori Enoshima no tokei, 七里ヶ浜より江の島乃遠景)

Description: Beauties and children on the beach with Enoshima Island and Mt. Fuji in the background

Date: 1847-1852

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Umejir˘

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Title: Untitled, but known as "Enoshima Mōde"

Description: Beauties and children on the beach with Enoshima Island and Mt. Fuji in the background

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Fukatsu Ihei)

Publisher: Maru-Ichi

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Title: Sumida River in Full Bloom (隅田川之遠景)

Description: Three beauties on a terrace overlooking the Sumida River

Date: 12th month of 1854

Publisher: Yamada-ya Sh˘jir˘

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) 1846-1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura),Standing beauties with Mt

Title:

Description: Standing beauties with Mt. Fuji, seascape, and landscape in the distance

Date: 1846-1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

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Title: None

Description: Beauties dancing on a balcony

Date: 7th month of 1854

Publisher: Each sheet bears seals of both Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei and Mita-ya Kihachi

 

I am grateful to Jesper Heine for this image.

Title: None

Description: Women and children with silhouettes of buildings

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Woman with two children at the shops in the Kinryű Temple in Asakusa, 1847-50 (censors Mera and Murata, Pub

This sheet showing a woman with two children at the shops in the Kinryű Temple in Asakusa uses some of the same woodblocks as the center panel of the above triptych.

Title:

Description: A young lord, attended by court ladies

Date: Intercalary 2nd month of 1852*

Publisher:

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) women in iris garden

Title:

Description: Women in an Iris garden

Date: 5th month of 1852

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

*an extra month inserted between the 2nd and 3rd months in the same manner as an extra day is added to a leap year

 

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