Jun 26, 2014

Women in a Tea House

Women in a Tea House

late 1780s

Kubo Shunman 窪 俊満

(Japanese, 1757–1820)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 33 x 23 cm (13 x 9 1/16 in.)

Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.208



This elegant print provides a glimpse into the private life of the courtesan, recording a quiet moment of enjoying tea. Shunman often depicted bijin (beautiful women) in a landscape setting, using subdued color harmonies featuring grays, pale green, and pale purple. In addition to being a printmaker, Shunman was also an accomplished painter, poet, and skilled worker in metal inlay and lacquer.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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