Courtesan Komurasaki

Toyohara Kunichika

 

SERIES: 36 Beauties, Good and Evil. The courtesan Komurasaki at the grave of her lover Gonpachi.

 

Amy Reigle Newland devoted a whole paragraph on page 18 to the significance of this series, i.e., Zen-aku sanjūroku bijin, at the beginning of her book on Kunichika: "Thirty-six good and evil beauties (Zen-aku sanjūroku bijin)... of 1876 is arguably one of Kunichika's most accomplished forays into bijinga. The quality of printing is superb. His treatment of the subject is fluid, the women portrayed energetic, wild, their poses at times reminiscent of those encountered in the work of earlier artists like Kuniyoshi and Kunisada, and in his own actor prints... Each sheet in Thirty-six good and evil beauties illustrates a famous woman from distant or more recent history with an explanatory cartouche above by a contemporary writer."

 

Condition: Margins as shown, fair condition, not backed, stained in places.

Date: 1876

Publisher: Sawamuraya Seikichi