Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) The Hundred Poets Part One #70: The Monk Ryosen, 1840 - 42. Oban.
Kuniyoshi landscapes are very rare. He frequently collaborated with other artists, notably Hiroshige, when landscape elements were required. This print owes a debt to Hiroshige in its portrayal of the calm, evening lake and hills beyond. The subject is the poet and monk Ryosen from the series One Hundred Poets, published from 1840 by Ebisu.
Against the calm landscape, the poet monk Ryosen is accosted by a fellow traveller who is pointing to the distance. The poem which appears in the top right cartouche reads:
In my loneliness
I leave my little hut.
When I look around,
Everywhere it is the same:
One lone, darkening autumn eve.
The print is a good impression, the colour is fine and the condition very good - some scuffing to the lower edge and minor marks. Nearly full size with margins, margin trimmed bottom left edge.
Signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga, published by Ebisu.
35.5 x 25.4 cm