John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Art on Sunday: Utagawa Kunisada: Captain Kingoro, Shozo, and Kanzo

Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864)
Captain Kingoro, Shozo, and Kanzo, 1856
color woodblock print

Utagawa Kunisada: Captain Kingoro, Shozo, and KanzoUtagawa Kunisada: Captain Kingoro, Shozo, and KanzoUtagawa Kunisada: Captain Kingoro, Shozo, and Kanzo
Bayly Museum of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

When these works (printed individually but meant to be viewed as one picture) were on display as part of the "Universes in Collision: Men and Women in 19th Century Japanese Prints" exhibit at the Bayly Museum, the following text was printed on the wall alongside them:

The life of a woman of pleasure is so
aimless and uncertain that it is often
likened to a boat without moorings.

from Tales of Samurai Honor
by Ihara Saikaku, 1641–1693

Also, I hope I'm not the only person who looks at the title of this work and thinks, "Captain Kangaroo."

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