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Artist: Torii Kiyonaga, Japanese, 1752–1815

Third Month: Cherry Blossom Time at Gotenyama

1784

Ukiyo-e: polychrome woodblock print; diptych

sheet: 14 5/8 × 20 in. (37.1 × 50.8 cm)
Frances Gaylord Smith Collection
1971.87.17

鳥居清長 「花見十二候対幅」浮世絵錦絵 江戸時代


Torii Kiyonaga is well known for his depiction of women with elongated figures and sophisticated attire in woodblock prints. Here, he shows a group attending a cherry blossom festival, like that held each year on the hill of Goten’yama along Edo Bay (present-day Tokyo Bay), a site famous for its rows of flowering cherry trees. In the image on the right stands a courtesan, wearing many hair ornaments and a patterned sash, with her three attendants. The women on the left are from an ordinary family and stare curiously at the courtesan group; one of them, a young girl in a pink, long-sleeved kimono, is being admonished by her mother, who holds a parasol and whose shaved eyebrows signify her married status. This print captures the peaceful life that people of the affluent merchant class enjoyed.

Geography: 
Japan
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Edo period (1615–1868)
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

Frances Gaylord Smith (Mrs. George T. Smith) Collection; by descent to nephew Gaylord Donnelley (1910–1992) and Dorothy Ranney Donnelley (1910–2002), by 1969; loaned in 1969, and given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1971

Bibliography: 

George J. Lee, Edo Culture in Japanese prints, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1972), 36–39, 45, no. 20, ill.

George J. Lee, Yasuko Betchaku, and Mary G. Neill, The Edo Culture in Japanese Prints, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1972), 38, 45, ill.

Shauna J. Goodwin, The Shape of Chic: Fashion and Hairstyles in the Floating World, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), no. 12, pl. 3, ill.

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