Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Oban tate-e, 15 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (39.4 x 27.3 cm)
Purchase, Jack Greene Gift, 2001
Not on view
Toyoshige, also known as Toyokuni II, was a pupil and son-in-law of Utagawa Toyokuni (1769–1825). Since Toyoshige closely followed Toyokuni's late style, his works are often misidentified as his teacher's. A large red-lacquer sake cup at the upper right, balanced on a branch of plum blossoms and corresponding to a small sake cup that the woman is holding, reflects the image of a Kabuki actor.
Signature: The print bears the artist's signature Toyokuni ga ("painted by Toyokuni") which is accompanied by two censor seals also at the left.
Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. , New York, until 2001; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Beautiful Country: Yamato-e in Japanese Art," November 20, 2010–June 5, 2011.