The Moon in Every Field of Shinshū

Utagawa Kunisada 歌川国貞 (Japanese, 1786-1864)
Utagawa Hiroshige II (Japanese, 1826-1869)

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Kunisada and Ando Hiroshige were probably the most popular of all ukiyoe artists in the middle nineteenth century, so a collaboration by the two of them was always an event. Hiroshige died in 1858, but his successor -Hiroshige II- continued occasional joint efforts with Kunisada, combining what public loved most: Kunisada's decorative figures and Hiroshige's romantic landscapes.

Hiro II especially poetic here. Languid line of birds across the moon, understated landscape, and device of moon reflected set a tranquil mood. Long oval faces and elaborate kimono are classic Kunisada. Male figure probably Genji, struck by the scene and about to compose a poem to describe it.

Purchased with money from the Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund for the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1956.

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Utagawa Kunisada 歌川国貞 (Japanese, 1786-1864)
Utagawa Hiroshige II (Japanese, 1826-1869)
creation date
color woodblock print
A. (Left) 14-3/4 x 10-3/16 in.
B. (Center) 14-3/4 x 9-3/4 in.
C. (Right) 14-3/4 x 9-7/8 in.
mark descriptions
A) Signed by artist, leftmost sheet: Hiroshige ga
A) Publisher's mark: Mori-ya Jihei
A) Censor's date seal: 1861, 3rd month
A) Engraver's mark: Hori Mino
B) Signed by artist, center sheet: Toyokuni ga
B) Publisher's mark: Mori-ya Jihei
B) Censor's date seal: 1861, 3rd month
B) Engraver's mark: Hori Mino
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Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund
Public Domain
Asian Art

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