Kuniyoshi: Ume no Yoshibei, Man of Ready Money
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Ume no Yoshibei, Man of Ready Money
Series: Men of Ready Money with True Labels Attached, Kuniyoshi Fashion: Kuniyoshi moyô shôfuda zuketari genkin otoko
Date: ca. 1845
Ume no Yoshibei, husband of Koume is glaring, putting his hand on his sword-hilt. His kimono patterns are birds within black and white circles. Due to the remaining influence of the Tenpô reforms, Kuniyoshi could not portrait realistically the Kabuki actors. A poem by Umeya.
This series features large, boldly drawn half-length figures of otokodate dramatic characters on grey ground. The title of this series echoes that of a play, Shôfuda tsuki kongen kusazuri, staged at the Kawarazaki theatre in February 1845.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Kinsei-dô: Ibaya Hisabei
Literature: B.W.Robinson:Kuniyoshi, 1982. p.126
Seal: nanushi seal: Watanabe Jiemon (used 1842-46)
Signature: Chô-ô-rô Kuniyoshi ga with his paulownia