Prince Genji in Exile at Suma. Kaei VI/4 (1853). Series: A Fashionable Genji. Oban triptych. Signature: Hiroshige ga, Toyokuni ga. Seals: Ichiryusai, date seals. Publisher: Iseya Kanekichi. Censor: Kinugasa Fusajiro, Murata Heiemon. Engraver: Yokogawa Takejiro. Housed in a 31 x 20-inch Whistler style gold leaf frame. $3,750.
A Fashionable Genji is one of the most successful joint efforts of Hiroghige and Kunisada (Toyokuni III). Kunisada was famous for his Genji series. Hiroshige was known for his landscapes. This series combines the specialties of both artists. Several different prints attest to the series' popularity.
In this triptych, Genji is shown during his exile at Suma. He is dressed in fashionable contemporary costume, rather than in Heian-period attire. He looks at the departing boat, which presumably brought him to the island.
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