Examples of the use of red in 19th century Japanese prints.
1. Depicting Young Lady Murasaki, from an untitled series of The Tale of Genji. (859037) 2. Depicts Matsukaze, a character in the popular 14th century play by Zeami Motokiyo. (859039) 3. Depicting a Japanese maiden (otome), from a series based on The Tale of Genji. (859040) 4. Original 1878 print from series of women musicians, comparing them to songbirds. (859041) Kunisada (1786-1865) was the most popular, prolific and commercially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th century Japan. In the late 19th century, red was used extensively in Japanese prints, earning it the appellation, Color of the Age. The visual effects, featuring bright, saturated colors, marked a strikingly different aesthetic from earlier prints, signifying the complex cultural, social and political transformation in Meiji Japan.
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Issued: Late 19th century
Dimensions: 16.25"W x 19"L framed
Country of Origin: Japan