Paintings of miscellaneous subjects

Part I

 

 

 

Description: Two Kamuro waiting for a courtesan

Size: 33 x 52 cm

Schaap: 1.10

Location: Private collection

Kuniyoshi - (painting) The Sengumi squad of firemen, c

Description: The Sengumi squad of firemen

Size: 143 x 250 cm

Schaap: 2.32

Date: c. 1833

LocationSens˘ji (Asakusa Kannon Temple), Tokyoá

Kuniyoshi - (painting) 2

Description: Male and female servants spring cleaning

Size: 22 x 29 cm

Schaap: 2.33

Date:

Location: Private collection, Londoná

Description: Scene at the Mishima inn, from the novel T˘kai-d˘chű Hizakurige

Size: 65 x 111 cm folding screen

Schaap: 2.34

Date

Location:

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

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Description: Awa no Jűr˘bei and his family

Size: 54 x 112 cm

Schaap: 2.35

Date

Location:

 

Description: Entertainers, vendors, and other street characters

Size: 158.5 x 175 cm

Schaap: 2.36

Date:

Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Description: Actors off stage on a summer evening

Size: 40 x 60 cm

Schaap: 3.37

Date:

LocationIdemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.á

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Description
: Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII kneeling in a performance of Shibaraku with his long sword upright

Size: 60 x 32.5 cm

Schaap: 3.38

Location: Gerhard Pulverer collection, Germany

 

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Description: Bust portrait of kabuki actor Iwai Hanshir˘ in the role of Miuraya Agemaki

Size: 35.5 x 30.5 cm

Schaap: 3.39

Date

Location:

 

 

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Description: Kabuki actors as the six poetic immortals

Size: 110 x 58 cm

Schaap: 3.40

Date

Location: Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto

 

 

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Description: Half-length portrait of actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIIá

Size:

Schaap: 3.41

Date

Location:

 

NOTE: This is a triptych of ink and color on silk hanging scrolls.

 

 

 

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Description: Actor Band˘ Shűka in the kabuki play Musume D˘j˘jiá

Size:

Schaap: 3.42

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Location:

 

 

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Description: Three Chinese warriors from the novel Shui hu zhuan (The Suikoden)

Size: 121 x 75 cm

Schaap: 4.43

Date: c. 1830

Location: Shinsh˘ji, Narita-san

 

Description: Two Chinese warriors (Kumonryű Shishin and Ch˘kanko Chintatsu)

Size: 84 x 166 cm

Schaap: 4.44

Date

Location: The Grolier Club, New York City

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.á

 

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Description: Empress Jingű and Takenouchi no Sekue

Size: 88 x 133 cm

Schaap: 4.45

Date: 1834 or earlier

Location: Awajima jinja shrine, Wakayama

 

 

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Description: A banner for the Boysĺ Festival decorated with Kintoki and Yamauba

Size:

Schaap: 4.46

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Location:

 

 

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Description: The Chinese warrior Jiuwenlong Shijin (Kumonryű Shishin, 九紋龍史進) from the novel Shui hu zhuan (The Suikoden)áá

Size: 18 x 47 cm

Schaap: 4.47

Date

Location: Tokyo National Museum

 

 

Description: The robber Kid˘maru disguised in an ox skin

Size: 120 x 53 cm

Schaap: 4.48

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Location:

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.á

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Description: Soga no Gor˘ riding a galloping horse

Size: 27 x 34 cm

Schaap: 4.49

Date:

Location: Isao Toshihiko collection, Japan

Description: Fujiwara no Yasumasa playing the flute, with the robber Hakamadare Yasusuke

Size: 45.0 x 69.5 cm

Schaap: 4.50

Date: c. 1848

Location:

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

Description: Zhong Kui (Sh˘ki) and two demons

Size: 101 x 36 cm

Schaap: 4.51

Date

Location: Kumamoto Prefecture Museum of Art, Kumamoto, Japan

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

 

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Description: Landscape with warriors and mountains in the distance

Size: 96.5 x 29 cm

Schaap: 4.52

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Location:

 

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Description: Votive tablet of the Lonely House (Hitotsuya)

Size: 180 x 310 cm

Schaap: 4.53

Date: 1855

LocationSens˘ji (Asakusa Kannon Temple), Tokyo

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for the following information about this votive tablet:

Kinoshita Naoyuki states the tablet was donated to the Sensoji by the owner of the Okamoto Brothel, who had commissioned the painting from Kuniyoshi.  A version of the story of the Hag of Adachi-ga-Hara is linked to the founding of the Sensoji, explaining what may seem to have been an odd choice of a subject for a religious donation.  According to Yoshiiku, Kuniyoshi was inspired by three different styles in painting this tablet― idealized Buddhist style for the goddess Kannon (left), naturalistic Western style for the hag, and flat ukiyo-e style for the young woman (right).

Kuniyoshi had depicted this story several times previously, from as early as c. 1839-1841.  In 1855 he produced both this votive plaque and then a print version of it (shown below).  Apparently, the plaque caused quite a stir, pro and con, and was the inspiration for the Matsumoto Kisaburo mannequin display at the same temple precinct the following year. Kuniyoshi then produced prints of the mannequin display, including several reiterations of this scene.

 

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Description: Night attack of the Soga brothers

Size: 214 x 275 cm

Schaap: 4.54

Date: c. 1856

Location: Asakusa Temple (Sens˘ji), Tokyo

 

 

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Description: Ink and color on a wooden votive plaque of the rebirth of the monk Yűten

Size:

Schaap: 4.55

Date: c. 1856

Location: Shinsh˘ji, Narita-san, Japan

 

 

ôSchaapö refers to listing in Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi by Robert Schaap (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 1998)

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