UTAGAWA KUNIYOSHI 1797 – 1861
A CAT RUBBING UP AGAINST A WOMAN HOLDING A TOOTHBRUSH, c. 1845
Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Vertical ôban, 370 x 252 mm
Signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi giga and red kirimon seal
Publisher: Enshūya Matabei
Series: Sixteen Outstanding Considerations of Profit
Myōdensu Juroku Rikan
The series portrays, with humorous intentions, sixteen female beauties associated with sixteen Rakan, Japanese name for those who have achieved nirvana.
Fine impression, colour and condition.
Provenance: Helmut Wilmes, Germany
Literature: this impression has been exhibited in Amsterdam and Philadelphia in 1998. See the catalogue by Robert Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts, Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861; no. 139, p. 136.
Another fine impression of this print is at the British Museum, London (museum number 2008,3037.14606)