Models of Fashion: New Designs as Fresh Young Leaves: The Courtesan Tagasode of Daimonjiya with Katsuru, Tomeki, and Attendants

Artist: Isoda Koryūsai 磯田湖竜斎 (1735-1790)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1778-80
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 38 x 25 cm (14 15/16 x 9 13/16 in)
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Anne van Biema collection
Accession Number
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Woodblock print

Anne van Biema collection, attendant, bijinga, courtesan, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, oban, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Hayashi Tadamasa French (born Japan), 1853 - 1906
Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004


Beautiful women, especially the famous and fashionable courtesans of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter of Edo, were popular subjects of Japanese prints. These glamorous and alluring women were feminine counterparts to the kabuki actors who attracted admirers both on- and offstage. This print belongs to the longest series in ukiyo-e; some 150 designs under the same title were produced from 1776 to 1781 by two publishers, Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudo) and Tsutaya Jusaburo, with designs mostly by Koryusai and eleven by Kiyonaga. The larger oban format of this series, which subsequently became the dominant choice for publishers and artists, was relatively novel at this time. Koryusai's designs presented high-ranking courtesans and their attendants displaying their colorful and flamboyant garments as they would have done when parading through the Yoshiwara. The highest-ranking courtesan here wears a kimono with a landscape of Mount Fuji. Her attendants wear coordinating costumes. The names of the brothel, the courtesan, and two of her attendants are inscribed above.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 153, p. 325.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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