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The Gossips

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1767
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
10 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (26 x 18.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Estate of Samuel Isham, 1914
Accession Number:
JP868
Not on view
In Harunobu's artistic vision, the interior life is defined by its relationship to the exterior world. In all three Harunobu prints in this exhibition, though the figures are placed suggestively close to the outside, their activities allude to the intimacy of the domestic realm. Indeed, the open screen stands as a metaphor for the harmonious integration of the domestic realm and the natural world. Together with greater naturalism in color, gesture, and posture, Harunobu's polychrome prints complete the transformation in the direction of a new ideal. The characteristic style of the early ukiyo-e print artist, featuring the conventionalized treatment of iconic subjects, has been replaced by the emergence of a new world view founded on naturalism.
Signature: Harunobu ga
Estate of Samuel Isham , New York (until d. 1914; donated to MMA)
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