A Beauty


c. 1810

Fujimaro 藤麿

(Japanese, d. 1830)
Overall: 180.4 x 48.3 cm (71 x 19 in.); Painting only: 94 x 31 cm (37 x 12 3/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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The handsome youth in the painting is accompanied by a boy carrying a plum branch.


Many ukiyo-e paintings and prints focus on bijin (美人), or “beautiful people.” Female courtesans and entertainers were the main draw in the pleasure district of Edo (now Tokyo), but young men were also available. The poem here reads as follows: "The full blooming cherry / is not the only flower worth mentioning. / The color of the young plum tree / blooms as well."

The full blooming cherry is a metaphor for mature women, and the plum for young men.
A Beauty

A Beauty

c. 1810


(Japanese, d. 1830)
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868)

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