Kuniyoshi 国芳: Hakukada Yoshun Next to Waterfall

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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi 国芳 (1798-1861)
Title: Hakukada (or Hakkwaja) Yôshun 白花蛇楊春

Series: Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachi-nin (The Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Suikoden)
Date: 1847-1853

Hakukada (or Hakkwaja) Yôshun 白花蛇楊春 snarls at an unseen foe, raising his sword with both hands. He stands in front of a waterfall, with the wind whipping his Chinese-style garments and two birds flying behind him. His Chinese name is Yang Chun.

Kuniyoshi made a name for himself as the master of warrior prints with his first Suikoden series in the 1820s. He loved this Chinese novel and its opportunity to show burly heroes in exotic lands fighting in extreme conditions. 

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Some light surface wrinkles and minor hinging remnants, verso.

Dimensions: vertical chûban 25.5 x 18 cm
Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi
Literature: Robinson #S47.7
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga