Untitled series of views of Japan

 

Based upon the signature and stylistic considerations, this series of prints was designed by Kuniyoshi about 1839-1840.  However, it was not published until the early 20th century and contains a synthetic red ink that was not available in Japan during Kuniyoshi’s lifetime.  The authenticity of woodblock prints comprises a spectrum ranging from first editions designed and printed entirely by the artist or under the artist’s supervision (rare in ukiyo-e); through later printings from the original woodblocks; to reproductions of previously published works from re-carved blocks or by other means.  This series of prints falls somewhere near the middle of the spectrum.  Since Kuniyoshi intended his drawings to be used to make woodblock prints, the printing technique is of the type he would have intended, and no earlier editions exist, these prints have a greater claim to authenticity than posthumous reproductions of extant works.  The prints in this series are each about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters), a size known as ōban.

Lake scene with a shrine and a sailing boat at sunset

Kuniyoshi - untitled set of posthumously published landscapes, Rain over a river at Seba on the Kisokaido

Rain over the river at Seba on the Kisokaidō

Kuniyoshi - untitled set of posthumously published landscapes, Smoke rising from a freshly lit mountain fire

Smoke rising from a freshly lit mountain fire

Kuniyoshi - untitled set of posthumously published landscapes, Snow at Kinkakuji Temple

Snow at Kinkakuji Temple

Rain and Thunder around Hashidate (Hashidate uchu no kaminari, 橋立雨中雷)

Another state of the above design with a grey title cartouche and a publisher’s seal in the right lower corner

Urami Waterfall at Nikkō (Nikkō Urami no taki, 日光裏見滝)

Another state of the above design lacking the publisher’s seal and the Toshidama seal in the right lower corner

Kuniyoshi - untitled set of posthumously published landscapes, Yuki no Kinkakuji

View of Mt. Fuji (Yuki no Kinkakuji)

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Itsukushima Shrine at Evening

 

 

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