GIRL AND PEONIES (Utagawa Kunisada II)

N.1 ukiyo-e woodblock print
Year: 1868
Condition: very good
Size: 24 x 36,5 cm



Charming and rare woodblock print by the artist Utagawa Kunisada II (二代目歌川国貞) depicting a beautiful girl who, overwhelmed by the heat of early summer, symbolized by the peonies of the background, has taken off her coat and wipes her sweat with a tenugui (手拭) hand towel. At her side, the young brother plays with a flag attached to a bamboo stick.

The precious work, of vertical large oban (大判) format, is taken from the series “The Age of Blooming Love: a Collection of Young Women” (情盛花娘揃), produced in 1868 by the publisher Yamashiroya Jinbei (山城屋甚兵衛), owner of Sansendo (山泉堂).

The print on Japanese washi paper (和紙), despite the right signs of aging, is in very good general condition.