A fine Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints showing an actor in a play, made by famous 19th century ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865).
Utagawa Kunisada, also known asÂ Utagawa Toyokuni III, was the most popular, prolific and commercially successful designer ofÂ ukiyo-ewoodblock printsÂ in 19th-centuryÂ Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries,Â Hokusai,Â HiroshigeÂ andÂ Kuniyoshi.
At the end of theÂ Edo periodÂ (1603â€“1867), Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi and Kunisada were the three best representatives of the Japanese color woodcut in Edo (capital city of Japan, nowÂ Tokyo). However, among European and American collectors of Japanese prints, beginning in the late 19th and early 20th century, all three of these artists were actually regarded as rather inferior to the greats of classical ukiyo-e, and therefore as having contributed considerably to the downfall of their art. For this reason, some referred to their works as â€śdecadentâ€ť.
Condition: Very good, please study image carefully.
Overall size: 33 x 48,5 cm.
Image size: 23,5 x 35 cm.