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Mother and Son

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1769
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
10 3/4 x 7 15/16 in. (27.3 x 20.2 cm) medium-size print (chu-ban)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1918
Accession Number:
JP565
Not on view
The relationship of mother and son in daily life is a recurrent Harunobu theme, shown here in a scene of intimacy and tenderness.

This is a rare example of a print bearing the seal of an American collector, Hamilton Easter Field (1873–1922). The seal, placed between the fan and the artist's signature at the lower right, consists of a stylization of his initials. The H at the center is flanked by an E on the left and an F on the right, which form the continuous outline of the stamp.

Field, a collector, artist, and critic from Brooklyn, New York, adopted the Western tradition of stamping a specially designed seal on his Japanese ukiyo-e prints.
Signature: Harunobu ga
Sarasota Springs. Skidmore College. "A Survey of Japanese Prints: Moronobu to Nensho," February 14, 1980–March 2, 1980.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Enlightening Pursuits," February 28, 2001–August 5, 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

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