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Renshi, from the series Fūryū goshiki-zumi (A Stylish Version of Five Colors of Ink)

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Suzuki Harunobu, Renshi, from the series Fūryū goshiki-zumi (A Stylish Version of Five Colors of Ink), ca. 1768, color woodblock print with embossing on paper; chūban nishiki-e, The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection, public domain, 32.71

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Title

Renshi, from the series Fūryū goshiki-zumi (A Stylish Version of Five Colors of Ink)

Related Titles

original language: 蓮之

series (original language): 風流五色墨

series (translated): A Stylish Version of Five Colors of Ink

series (transliterated): Fūryū goshiki-zumi

transliterated: Renshi

Artist

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725?-1770)

Date

ca. 1768

Medium

color woodblock print with embossing on paper; chūban nishiki-e

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyoe shūka v. 4, list no. 324.3

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 11 5/16 in x 8 5/16 in; sheet: 11 3/8 in x 8 9/16 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: Harunobu ga 春信画 (picture [by] Harunobu), printed in black relief, lower middle Language: Japanese

inscription: Renshi // Asagao ya / fudan miteiru / kao mo sate 蓮之 // あさかほや / 不断みてゐる / 顔も扨 (Morning glories— / once again, the faces / I am always seeing // [by] Renshi), printed in black within cloud-shaped register, upper middle Language: Japanese

Collection Area

Asian Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Japanese Traditional Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

Accession Number

32.71

Copyright

public domain

Terms

chuban

dog

embossing

Japanese woodblock prints

nishiki-e

poetry

relief printing

relief prints

The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

Description

This print is from a series inspired by a contemporary poetry anthology, Five Colors of Ink (1731). The original haikai verse by poet Renshi (1683–1742) reads:

Asagao ya!T!Morning glories— fudan miteiru!T!once again, the faces kao mo sate!T!I am always seeing

Harunobu presents the woman brushing her teeth on the veranda as the poet. Is the dog one of the "morning faces" she sees? Or her male companion, still asleep behind the curtain?

This series was issued with a title sheet, something done rarely and only for the most deluxe nishiki-e. This impression stands out for the excellent condition of its color.

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