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The courtesan Hanagishi seated by a fan

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The courtesan Hanagishi seated by a fan

Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, (1725–1770)

Creation date: 1770
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Woodblock
Medium and Support: Woodblock
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Accession Number: 1939.7.b
Dimensions: 8 1/2 in. x 6 15/16 in. (21.59 cm x 17.62 cm)


Judson D. Metzger, Los Angeles, California ( - 1939)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1939 - )

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This book page, page thirty-one of volume two of this edition, depicts a courtesan from the Yoshiwara pleasure district. The haiku verse is apparently by the courtesan Hanagishi herself, and loosely translates: “Someone returns in the depth of the night: a cuckoo.” Set against a warm gray background, with her obi loosely tied in front, this figure is typical of Harunobu’s lyrical style and subtle use of color. Before this artist popularized the use of multi-colored printmaking, Ukiyo-e prints were either black-and-white or hand colored.
Last Updated: 2/17/2011


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

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


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: 59, Figure Number: 32

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