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Evening Mist, Chapter 39 (Yugiri)

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
Evening Mist, Chapter 39 (Yugiri)
Evening Mist, Chapter 39 (Yugiri)
Evening Mist, Chapter 39 (Yugiri)
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Evening Mist, Chapter 39 (Yugiri) from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
An elegantly dressed young woman is depicted adjusting Mitsuuji's (Genji's) kimono as she helps him to dress. Mitsuuji's two swords and fan lie next to a freestanding lamp on the floor behind them. The woman is dressed in a red kimono with a white grid pattern, the border of which is purple and decorated with a floral motif. Her hairstyle is immaculate save for one stray lock of hair that has come loose. The woman's hairstyle is decorated with long hairpins (kogai). Mitsuuji's kimono is pale blue and bears his family crest, the crossed cloves. Behind Mitsuuji there is an image of a landscape enfolded by a haze of blossom, a poetic illusion to the print's title, 'Evening Mist'. There is the implication that the two figures are lovers.

This image derives from the serial novel or 'gokan', 'A Fake Murasaki and a Rustic Genji' (Nise Murasaki Inaka Genji) written by Ryutei Tanehiko and illustrated by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), that was published between 1829-1842. This story reworks elements from the 'Tale of Genji' and transposes the action from the Heian period (794-1185) to the time of the Muromachi era's Onin Wars (1467-1477).
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Kunisada I (Toyokuni III)
27.9 x 19.8 cm
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