Tag Archives: Kunisada

Male Tragedy in Japanese Woodblock Prints

Well, I guess that it’s deeply unfashionable right now to talk of the male struggle, the tragedy of the male and so on – there’s a contemporary trend to upbraid men for being… ‘pale, male and stale’. The fact is … Continue reading

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Escape in Japanese Woodblock Prints

It’s the function of art, isn’t it, to offer some escape… maybe to make a space to slip into that leaves aside the stresses and the anxieties of the now. That was certainly the intention of ukiyo-e… (Japanese woodblock prints) … Continue reading

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Return of the Upside-down Man

Readers of our other blog,  will be familiar with our interest in the enigmatic ‘upside-down’ man. This curious figure appears in various forms all over the ukiyo-e world of the nineteenth century. The origin of the pose in Japanese woodblock … Continue reading

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Kunichika and the Japanese Firemen

Kunichika (1835-1900)  Ichikawa Kuzo III as Kinmon Tatsugoro (centre) in Kami no Megumi Wagô no Torikumi, 1864 It is always problematic to say for sure in any print, which play, which actor, which role is pictured. What with so many … Continue reading

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Karazuri – A Print per Day

Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) Bando Hikosaburo as Naosuke from Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan,  c 1863 The fabulous double portrait by Kunisada features some very spectacular incised decoration in the surface of the print itself, around the hair of the standing figure. This … Continue reading

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Kunisada… Namazu and Giant Catfish

Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)  Ichikawa Danzo Subduing a Giant Catfish, c1820. Once again, Japan has been struck by a catastrophic earthquake. The mid-April quakes that hit the southern island of Kyushu, caused much devastation with at least 34 people thought to … Continue reading

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Five Years of the Toshidama Gallery

It’s been 5 year since the Toshidama Gallery launched its online gallery, with themed virtual exhibitions and extensive catalogue notes, and to celebrate we are holding a show looking back over the past five years – and offering an extra … Continue reading

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