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Morning Dew

Artist:
Kaburagi Kiyokata (Japanese, 1878–1972)
Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
1903
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 12 1/16 in. (30.6 cm); W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959
Accession Number:
JP3191
Not on view
At the age of thirteen, Kiyokata started studying Japanese painting with Mizuno Toshikata and continued his rigorous artistic activities long after World War II. He was probably the last noted artist of the Utagawa school.

In the print the artist's young wife plays a violin while standing among chrysanthemums. The dew of chrysanthemums symbolizes the everlasting youth that Kiyokata probably wished for her. Light misty colors invite the viewer into an infinite world of fantasy.
Marking: Seal: Sato
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