Kuniyoshi: Wada: Wata Hyôe
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Wada: Wata Hyôe
Series: Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô Road
Combining his talent for depicting Kabuki actors with his talent for warriors, Kuniyoshi has here created a dramatic moment in the kabuki play “Ômi Genji senjin yakata”, which tells the true story of the siege of Osaka Castle while disguising it as an earlier historical event. Wada Hyôe Hidemori has been sent into the enemy Moritsuna’s camp. He wears a formal costume rather than armor, and here straightens the shoulders as Moritsuna’s men aim their guns at him. Standing at the top of a curved bridge, many planes of action point towards the main character’s visage, including his fan, his swords, the guns and the lines of his trousers.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Yawataya Sakujirô
Literature: See Sarah Thompson’s “The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô”, figure 29, page 74.
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga