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Utagawa Kunisada

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Kunisada Tsunoda, Japanese, (1786–1865)
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, (1786–1865)

Creation date: early 1850s
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Woodblock
Medium and Support: Woodblock
Credit Line: Gift of Loch and Clare Crane
Accession Number: 2006.15.1-3
Dimensions: 14 in. x 33 1/8 in. (35.56 cm x 84.14 cm)


Mr. and Mrs. Loch Crane, La Jolla, California ( - February 20, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (February 20, 2006 - )

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Mitsuuji, the protagonist of Inaka Genji, is shown here on a pleasure trip in autumn, having just arrived at a scenic spot to enjoy the maple leaves. Three ladies, all dressed in colorful, luxurious kimono, accompany him. Mitsuuji is a nineteenth-century version of Prince Genji, but he is the illegitimate son of the Shogun instead of the emperor. The scene shown here is a completely new image conceived by the artist who imaginatively placed the characters from the novel in this setting. Derivative images like this that set Mitsuuji and other characters from the Inaka Genji into new contexts started to appear by the late 1830s or early 1840s.
Last Updated: 5/31/2016


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

High Societies: San Diego Museum of Art , 5/26/2001 - 8/12/2001

Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Prints from the San Diego Museum of San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 6/5/2011


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Andreas Marks and Dr. Sonya Quintanilla. Dreams and Diversions University of Washington Press. Seattle, WA, 2010
Page Number: 136-137, Figure Number: 111

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