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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 by the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1956.