019 Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Dancing Cats 流行 猫じゃらし.

This psychedelic piece depicts the work Dancing Cats 流行 猫じゃらし by Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳. This is an illustration created under the Tokugawa Shogunate. In the early 1840s, this Shogunate introduced the Tenpō Reforms, with a ban on representations of kabuki actors, courtesans and geishas. To avoid this ban, artists Utagawa Kuniyoshi portrayed the characters of their works as cats.

Details: GIF file, 1000x1426 px.; 300 dpi.