Animals and Plants,

Part I

The words kachô-e (花鳥絵) and kachô-ga (花鳥画) are usually translated as “pictures of birds and flowers”, but they may also be used to describe the broader category of nature prints.  A few additional examples of Kuniyoshi’s kachô-e may be found in the sections on surimono of miscellaneous subjects and fan prints of humorous and miscellaneous subjects.

 

Series: Untitled series of water creatures

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: Chûtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Turtle and crab on a ledge underwater

Date: c. 1837

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

 

This is another state of the above print.  The coloring is different, and the seal of the publisher, Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke, is no longer present.  It was pulled from the same woodblocks as the above.

 

This is a reproduction of the same print made by Robert O. Muller in the 1930s.  The woodblocks were expertly reproduced, but a careful examination will reveal slight differences in the black outlines and text.

 

Series: Untitled series of water creatures

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: Chûtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Catfish and trout

Date: c. 1837

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

 

This is another state of the above print with a simplified design.  The woodblocks for printing the waves and the yellow on the catfish were omitted. 

 

Series: Untitled series of water creatures

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: Chûtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Koi and wisteria

Date: c. 1837

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

 

Series: Untitled series of water creatures

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: Chûtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Stingray

Date: c. 1837

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

 

Series: Untitled series of water creatures

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: Chûtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Goldfish and killifish

Date: c. 1837

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

 

Series: Untitled series of water creatures

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: Chûtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Black carp

Date: c. 1837

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

 

This is another state of the above print.  The seal of the publisher, Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke, is no longer present.  It was pulled from the same woodblocks as the above.

 

Series: Untitled series of water creatures

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: Chûtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Octopus on a rock amid crashing waves with two fish

Date: c. 1837

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

 

Series: Untitled series of water creatures

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: Chûtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Silver carp underwater by a wooden post with a floating peony

Date: c. 1837

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

 

Series: Untitled series of water creatures

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: Chûtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Shrimp and fish after bait on a fishing line

Date: c. 1837

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

 

Series: Untitled series of water creatures

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: Chûtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Sweetfish (ayu) and bushclover

Date: c. 1837

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

 

Series: None

Title: None

Size: Kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters) 

Description: A hawk in an old pine tree

Date: c. 1845

Publisher: Mura-ya Seijirô

 

Series: None

Title: None

Size: Kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters) 

Description: Tiger walking on a windy day

Date: c. 1830s-1840s

Publisher: No seal

 

NOTE: In a second edition of this print, the bamboo is omitted and the arcs representing wind are different.

 

Series: None

Title: None

Size: Kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters) 

Description: Dragon and clouds

Date:

Publisher: Unidentified seal

 

Series: None

Title: None

Size: Kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters) 

Description: Carp ascending a waterfall

Date:

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijirô

‘Robinson’ refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). 

 

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