Eight Hundred Heroes of a Japanese Water Margin, All Told: Kazusanosuke Hirotsune

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Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳 (1797-1861)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1830-36
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 37.6 x 25.5 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Anne van Biema collection
Accession Number
S2004.3.159
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
Anne van Biema collection, Edo period (1615 - 1868), fox, hero, Japan, ukiyo-e, warrior, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004

Label

After the publication of his popular series of prints based on the Chinese novel The Water Margin, Kuniyoshi began a series ambitiously titled Eight Hundred Heroes of a Japanese Water Margin, All Told. The series, which was not completed, features Japanese heroes. Here Kazusanosuke Hirotsune overcomes a supernatural nine-tailed fox. The fox was believed to be capable of transforming herself into beautiful women in order to seduce powerful men and lure them toward disaster. In this spectacular composition, the fox's fur, a tour de force of fine block engraving, fills the background.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 77, pp. 202-3, 208-9.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum