Cool Evening at Shijogawara during the Gion Festival


This work depicting the Gion Festival in the mid-19th century is by Gountei Sadahide (circa 1807–78), also known as Utagawa Sadahide and Hashimoto Sadahide. The festival, one of the major summer events in Japan, dates back well over 1,000 years and is still held in Kyoto for the full month of July. Its purpose traditionally is to pray for the protection of the populace from disease during the hottest season of the year. Sadahide belonged to the Utagawa school and was a pupil of Kunisada, also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III (circa 1786–1864). Sadahide created many pictures of Kabuki actors and beautiful women, as well as genre paintings and landscapes. He was much appreciated for his representations of life in Yokohama, showing the Western influence on his country. Sadahide was particularly skilled at detailed landscapes, panoramas with map-like elements and a bird's-eye view, such as these evening scenes at Gion published in 1859.

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Hujiokaya Keijiro, Edo


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3 papers : woodblock prints, color ; 36.3 × 25 centimeters, 36.2 × 24.8 centimeters, 36.2 × 24 centimeters

Last updated: November 7, 2011