Geisha on a Boat Landing

Maker(s)
Artist: Torii Kiyonaga 鳥居清長 (1752-1815)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1782
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 70.8 x 12 cm (27 7/8 x 4 3/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2004.3.331
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
Anne van Biema collection, Edo period (1615 - 1868), geisha, hashira-e, Japan, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Pillar prints (hashira-e) were originally produced in the 1740s, and their production peaked in the 1770s. The long, narrow prints were intended for display, and were pasted onto the flat pillars in commoners' homes or mounted as inexpensive hanging scrolls. Artists used the narrow format to provide an alluring glimpse of subjects such as beautiful women, a favorite theme of Japanese print artists, publishers, and consumers. The format of the pillar print effectively complements the slender, elongated proportions of a geisha who is caught in motion as she steps aboard a boat. The artist Kiyonaga was a leading designer of prints of beautiful women (bijinga). In other states of this print, the robe is printed in black. Variations in color blocks are often seen in prints that were so popular that publishers reissued them as "new" images.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 113, pp. 280-281.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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