Kaburagi Kiyokata Japanese

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This is a frontispiece illustration (kuchi-e) for the story Katahadori (The Single-Winged Bird) by Nishimura Suimu, which was published in a literary magazine issued by the Bungei Kurabu (The Literary Arts Club) on May 1, 1906. Kiyokata depicts the heroine, twenty-year-old Ineko, wearing yellow contemporary Western-style dress and jewelry. Beautiful and wealthy, she is secretly in love with the poor student, Ono, who works for her parents in exchange for room and board.

Swans, Kaburagi Kiyokata (Japanese, 1878–1972), Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, Japan

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