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On the Veranda

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1769 or 1770
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
10 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. (26.7 x 14.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1918
Accession Number:
JP566
Not on view
In this genre scene, a woman standing on a veranda bends over and dips water to wash her hands. The young boy amuses himself with a toy while his mother prepares herself for a busy day of housework—the mother calm and composed, the child moving about restlessly.

With a touch of humor, Harunobu, inventor of the nishiki-e, or multicolor print, placed a monochrome screen painting inscribed with his signature within this polychrome print.
Signature: Signature on a screen within the house: Harunobu ga
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