An image of The twilight beauty (Chapter 4)

Utagawa Kunisada II

(Japan 1823 – 1880)

The twilight beauty (Chapter 4), from the series Playing cards of Murasaki Shikibu's Genji

Other titles:
Chapter 4 Evening faces
Location
Not on display
Further information

Using the best quality papers, ink and gold leaf, 'Playing cards of Murasaki Shikibu’s Genji' is considered to be Utagawa Kunisada II’s most successful series. Evoking the Heian-period court game of shell matching, 'kai awase', each print in this series is identified by two shells, one of which bears the title and the other a 'Genji-mon', a crest corresponding to a chapter of the Tale.

In this series, Kunisada II relies heavily on the Genji images that his teacher and father-in-law, Kunisada, created for the illustrated book series 'Nise Murasaki inaka Genji', instead of merely transposing conventional iconography into a modern setting.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
1857
Media
Print
Medium
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
32.9 x 23.2 cm image; 33.5 x 23.4 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.l., in Japanese, black ink "[Baichôrô Kunisada ga]".
Not dated.

Credit
Gift of G F Williams 1995
Accession number
425.2001.1