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『開花貴婦人競』
A Contest of Elegant Ladies among the Cherry Blossoms (Kaika kifujin kisoi)

Artist:
Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912)
Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
September 1887
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 14 5/8 x 29 1/8 in. (37.1 x 74 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959
Accession Number:
JP3343
Not on view
This print shows the emperor, empress, prince, and ladies of the court enjoying the cherry blossoms at a Western-style building in the precincts of Ueno Park. The women wear elaborate French-style day dresses, with cinched waists, high collars, and layers of heavy fabric over their bustles. The subject matter of prints dramatically changed with the modernization of Tokyo by showing themes such as people dancing in Western clothing and new advances in architecture in Ueno Park.
Signature: Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu
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