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Geisha Walking through the Snow at Night

Artist:
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1797
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm); W. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
JP1665
Not on view
A geisha walks with an umbrella in a snowstorm, accompanied by a male attendant carrying a lantern and a lacquered black box containing her musical instrument, a shamisen. It is a dreamlike scene. The snow is falling thick and fast, but there is no indication of snow on the ground. Utamaro, a prolific ukiyo-e artist, specialized in vivid depictions of graceful, attractive women.
Signature: Utamaro hitsu
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