The Strange Occurrence of Ukiyo Matahei and his Famous Paintings

Utagawa Kuniyoshi1853

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

In this image, <em>otsu-e</em> folk heroes have seemingly come to life, leaving their shadowy figures in the paintings in front of the artist. Included among them are a demon (<em>oni</em>), a monkey, the wisteria maiden, and the bald, tall-headed God of Longevity, Fukurokuju. Ukiyo Matahei, also known as Iwasa Matabei, was a famous printmaker who is also thought to have been a painter of otsu-e.

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  • Title: The Strange Occurrence of Ukiyo Matahei and his Famous Paintings
  • Creator: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
  • Date Created: 1853
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 37.8 x 26.4 cm (14 7/8 x 10 3/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Mr. Jeptha Homer Wade II [1857–1926] and Mrs. Ellen Garretson Wade [1859–1917], Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.1160.b
  • Medium: diptych, color woodblock prints
  • Inscriptions: Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga Artist Seal: paulownia Publisher: Echimura Heisuke (Echihei) Engraver: Hori Take Censorship Seal: Muramatsu, Fuku
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade
  • Collection: Japanese Art
  • Accession Number: 1916.1160.b

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