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Young woman reading a letter at night while another sleeps behind a mosquito net

Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, (1725–1770)

Creation date: 1768-1770
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Woodblock
Medium and Support: Woodblock
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett
Accession Number: 1957.80
Dimensions: 10 5/16 in. x 8 5/16 in. (26.19 cm x 21.11 cm)

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One of the pioneering artists of Ukiyo-e, Harunobu perfected the art of the full-color print, which was called nishiki-e or “brocade print.” Here, with his typically subdued color palette and lyrical composition he has depicted a quiet drama in an interior scene. A young woman loosely clad in an autumnal kimono intently reads a letter, while an older woman lies sleeping in the background. A sliding screen used to partition the bedroom is painted with elements of a rocky landscape and is signed with the name of the artist.
Last Updated: 10/29/2010

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Asia Crossroads Rotation , 8/1/2002 - 8/1/2003

Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Prints from the San Diego Museum of San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 6/5/2011

Exhibition , 9/1/2012 - 11/1/2012

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 122-123

Andreas Marks and Dr. Sonya Quintanilla. Dreams and Diversions University of Washington Press. Seattle, WA, 2010
Page Number: 58, Figure Number: 31


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