Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Woodcuts
Prolific ukiyo-e woodblock artist Kunisada is known for his work on traditional themes of middle-class life and entertainment. His most famous works portray actors and scenes from kabuki plays, including this print, which illustrates a scene from Sakura Giminden, an eighteenth-century play written about a legendary folk hero.
In this story, Sogo, the headman of a small village, defies the law and makes a direct appeal to the shogun about his village's harshly high taxes. The village is granted relief but Sogo, his wife, and his children are all executed for his offense. In this scene, Sogo's family bids him a final, emotional farewell as he leaves to make his fateful appeal to the shogun.
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- Paintings or prints that depict beautiful women. This term, which literally means "pictures of beautiful women," was most likely coined in the Edo period (1615-1868) or the Meiji period (1868-1912). Before this period, these pictures may have been called "onna-e" or "bijin-e".
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- Woodcuts that incorporate color, usually through combining a series of blocks in precise registration that have been inked with individual hues and pressed onto one support.
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- Distinctive genre in painting and other media, but most prominently in woodblock printing. It arose in the Edo period (1600-1868) and built up a broad popular market among the middle classes. Subject matter typically focused on brothel districts and kabuki theatres, with formats ranging from single sheet prints to book illustrations. Generally, the style is characterized by a mixture of the realistic narrative of the Kamakura period and the mature decorative style of the Momoyama and Edo periods. Distinctive styles and specialties in subject matter were developed by different schools throughout the period.
- Prints made using the process of woodcut, which is a relief process in which the design is cut into and printed from the plank side of a wood block; distinct from "wood engraving (process)," which is a relief process using the grain end of a wood block.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College
, Sep 24, 2010 – May 28, 2011
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