Memorial Portrait of the Artist Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
In this print made immediately after Kunisada’s death, Kunichika depicted his teacher as a pensive scholar. Immediately above the portrait are poems by Kunichika and two of Kunisada’s other prominent students, Kunisada II and Kunihisa II, as well as a poem that Kunisada composed about his own impending death. The right sheet of this diptych contains an obituary for the artist, written by a well-known author of the period who describes Kunisada as a student of Toyokuni. With three generations present in the text, the portrait becomes a celebration of both the artist and the Utagawa lineage.
- Artist: Kunichika Toyohara, Japanese, 1835-1900
- Medium: Woodblock print
- Place Made: Japan
- Dates: December, 1864
- Period: Edo period
- Dimensions: 14 5/16 x 19 1/2 in. (36.4 x 49.5 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: 3 publisher's marks at lower right
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Monjin Ippitsusai Kunichika hitsu"
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 16.750.1
- Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Kunichika Toyohara (Japanese, 1835-1900). Memorial Portrait of the Artist Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), December, 1864. Woodblock print, 14 5/16 x 19 1/2 in. (36.4 x 49.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 16.750.1
- Catalogue Description: Two o-ban sheets, joined at center. In the left side of the diptych, Toyokuni II, in smoke green kimono with blue gown with butterfly-design, holds a brush and sits on a blue cushion in front of a low table with papers, water container, and ink stone. Additional painting tools on his left and a hand warner on his right. The text on the right side of the diptych introduces his biography. Condition:Some tears at bottom edge; two large tears at right near the artist's seal. Tainted at the left corner. All the edges worn and frayed slightly.
- Record Completeness: Good (76%)