Japanese Woodblock of Beautiful Moon Woman - Stock Image

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Kunisada (1786-1865), was in his own time was the most popular and successful print designer in Japan. He learned printmaking as a student of Toyoharu. At the beginning of his career he concentrated on bijin-ga - images of beautiful women. Toyokuni's success and fame came when he started making yakusha-e or actor portraits and actor scenes. At that time, prints related to Kabuki were a hot business and demand came from the theatres.
This image dated from the censor seal as Hama - Magomi (1847 - 1852) and is the right hand panel from a tryptich from a series called Kacho fugetsu no uchi (Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon) which means "beautiful things in life" and this image is the Moon part and forms part of my own private collection of original woodblock prints.
The British Museum owns the full triptych.
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