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Amorous Couple

Artist:
Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
early 18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Monochrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
10 3/8 x 14 in. (26.4 x 35.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Francis Lathrop Collection, Purchase, Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
JP683
Not on view
A man and a woman sit on the veranda of a teahouse smoking long pipes. Their intimate exchange draws the attention of an errand boy who turns his head on his way past with a load of books. The depiction of amorous couples is a popular theme in ukiyo-e prints. The inclusion of this youthful observer introduces a note of curiosity mixed with envy, while indicating that the scene is taking place in public.
Signature: None.
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