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Picking Clams

Artist:
Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1791
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
15 5/8 x 30 5/8 in. (39.7 x 77.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
JP204
Not on view
In the late eighteenth century, ukiyo-e printmakers began to create works consisting of three attached ōban ("large format") sheets of paper. Toyokuni took advantage of this layout to place figures in panoramic landscapes. In this triptych, he arranged a group of three figures in the foreground of each sheet and used Western perspective (uki-e) to draw our eyes to the seascape in the distance. At the center, beauties in stunning garments stand in graceful poses like actors on stage, flanking a handsome young man.
Signature: Toyokuni ga
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Tribute to a Dedicated Collector: Mary Griggs Burke," June 30, 2004–November 29, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art," June 24, 2011–October 23, 2011.

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