OOPS! I MADE A MISTAKE. SORRY!
When I posted this image I listed the publisher as Jōshū-ya Kinzō based
on the identification given by one source. This was wrong. I was so eager to
display this print that I did not double check the information. However, an
expert contacted me and asked me about this while gently suggesting that the
print was published by a different house. I double checked and he was
correct. This was very sloppy work on my part and that is why everything you
read here should be taken with a pinch of salt. I have now edited this
section and apologize for any misinformation and wish I could e-mail
everyone who has visited this page up till now.
"A Man Who Makes
Fun of Others"
published by Yamato-ya
Kyūbei in ca. 1848.
I can't post
this print without saying a few words. Wow! I never thought I would ever get
this close to an original copy of one of Kuniyoshi's composite heads. Not
that I haven't tried to acquire one at a fair price, but...
For those of you who
are familiar with the 16th century European artist Arcimboldo you will
immediately recognize the similarity between that artist's flame licked or
floral or vegetable heads and the genius of Kuniyoshi's creativity. Yet, I
sincerely doubt that Kuniyoshi knew who Arcimboldo was or had access to any
of his images. If this is true then Kuniyoshi was simply reinventing
Arcimboldo's wheel. Nevertheless, Arcimboldo seemed to be a one pony show
while Kuniyoshi was the whole damned circus rolled up in one creative