Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
10 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. (26.7 x 14.3 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1918
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