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Stories of Chaste and Virtuous Women - Daughter of Yukinari and Cat / Kenjo reppu den

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, (1797–1861)
Stories of Chaste and Virtuous Women - Daughter of Yukinari and Cat / Kenjo reppu den, ca. 1843-1846
Ink on paper
14 3/16 x 9 13/16 in. (36.07 x 24.89 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2012.1.29


Commentary
The Japanese artist, Utagawa Kuniyoshi was a great cat lover, who was not only distracted by the many cats he is said to have kept in his studio, but he incorporated them into his art on a regular basis. In this charming print from the mid 1840s, he depicts the daughter of Yukinari Dainagon sitting painting. Apparently, her painting of a butterfly was so realistic that her cat tried to catch it and tore up her painting.

Meher McArthur, Meher McArthur, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections

Marks
Artist's signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga

Medium
ink and colors on paper

Object Description
Dainagon Yukinari musume (Daughter of Dainagon Yukinari) is portrayed seated at a low table that is equipped with brushes and ink. Her white cat has just stolen her drawing of a butterfly and is pouncing upon it, so lifelike is the woman's drawing.

Format: oban tate-e

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