An image of Genji enjoying the evening cool

Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III

(Japan 1786 – 1865)

Utagawa KUNIHISA

(Japan 1832 – 1891)

Genji enjoying the evening cool

Location
Not on display
Further information

This triptych is a collaboration between Kunisada and his son-in-law Kunihisa.

In allusion to the summer banquet given by Genji in his fishing pavilion, described in Chapter 26, a modern-day Genji enjoys the cool on a summer evening afforded by a restaurant platform on the banks of the Sumida River in Edo. Surrounded by a bevy of beauties, he stands to direct the attention of one of the women to a servant girl wading through the shallows with what looks like a bowl of cool noodles and sashimi.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW.

Place of origin
Japan
Year
1861
Media
Print
Medium
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, ├┤ban triptych
Dimensions
36.0 x 75.3 cm :
a - right sheet; 36 x 25.5 cm; image
b - centre sheet; 36 x 25 cm; sheet
b - centre sheet; 36 x 25.5 cm
c - left sheet; 36 x 25.1 cm
Signature & date

Signed [right sheet; part a] l.r., [in cartouche] in Japanese, "Toyokuni-ga".
Signed [centre sheet; part b] l.l., [in cartouche] in Japanese, "Toyokuni-ga".
Signed [left sheet; part c] l.l., [in cartouche] in Japanese, "Toyokuni-ga".

Credit
Gift of Dr. James Hayes 2003
Accession number
327.2003.a-c