Asian Art
Artist: Yashima Gakutei, Japanese, ca. 1786–1868

The Yang Guifei Cherry (Yō Kihi Zakura), from the series Flower Matching, No. 3 (Hana awase sanban)

ca. 1822

Surimono, shikishi-ban triptych; polychrome woodblock print with silver and gauffrage

sheet: 8 1/4 × 7 1/16 in. (21 × 18 cm)
Gift of Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian, B.A. 1970

八島岳亭「花合三番 楊貴妃桜」 江戸時代

Thanks to the long-lasting peace and prosperity of the Edo period, many illustrated books were widely available in the nineteenth century, and literary and historical knowledge of China and Japan was surprisingly extensive in selected genre. The three women in this series of prints [ILE2017.30.163–.165] would have been familiar to most people. Each possessed beauty, intelligence, and wealth but also had a tinge of sadness in their lives. Yang Guifei (719–756 C.E.), called Yō Kihi in Japanese, was the beloved and tragic consort of China’s Tang-dynasty Emperor Xuanzong. Partly due to her beauty, the emperor neglected his duty and the dynasty collapsed and she was put to death.

Edo period (1615–1868)
Works on Paper - Multiples

Joan B. Mirviss (dealer), New York; sold to Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian, Koenigstein im Taunus, Germany, 2005 (on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2017–2019); given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2019

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