Chapter 35: Wakana 2 (New Herbs)
  • Object Name: print
  • Artist: Kunisada II (Japanese, 1823-1880)
  • Date Made: 1857
  • Period: Late Edo (Tokyo)
  • Culture/Nationality: Japanese
  • Place Made: Japan
  • Materials: ink on paper; woodcut
  • Measurements: image: 33 x 23.7 cm; sheet: 36.4 x 24.9 cm
  • Credit Line: Purchased by University Collections; Alma Mater Art Acquisitions Fund; Community Special Projects Fund; AEEF Fund
  • Accession No.: 1985.42.36
  • Description: This print illustrates chapter 35, "Wakana Part 2" in the novel "Genji Monogatari."
  • Subject Terms: date, Japanese text, kimono, lantern, man, mask, name of artist, publisher seal, sandals, zori, sea, shadow, tree, Ukiyo-e, woman

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Artist Biography

Kunisada II (Japanese, 1823-1880)
Kunisada II was originally known as Kunimasa and was a student of the Utagawa school. In 1846 he married the daughter of artist Utagawa Kunisada and took the masters name. Kunisada II's most famous work is his illustration of the 11th-century Genji Monogatori by Murasaki Shikibu that was published in 1857. The University of Alberta has a nearly complete set of the 54 prints depicting scenes from each of the chapters. In 1870, Kunisada II inherited the name of his masters' master and became Toyokuni III (but is referred to today as Toyokuni IV).