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Geisha Walking through the Snow at Night

Artist:
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)
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
Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer , New York (until d. 1929; bequeathed to MMA).
Tokyo. Japan Ukiyo-e Society. "Foreign Countries Preserving Ukiyo-e Masterpieces," January 4, 1972–February 22, 1972.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Japanese Prints of the Classical Period," June 6, 1972–July 2, 1972.

New York. Japan Society Gallery. "Rain and Snow: The Umbrella in Japanese Art," April 28, 1993–June 26, 1993.

London. British Museum. "The Works of Kitagawa Utamero, 1754–1806," August 31, 1995–October 22, 1995.

Chiba City Museum of Art. "The Works of Kitagawa Utamero, 1754–1806," November 3, 1995–December 10, 1995.

Salem. Peabody Essex Museum. "Beyond the Painted Smile: The Japanese Geisha in Image and Reality," February 14, 2004–May 9, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Snow in Ukiyo-e Prints and Paintings," October 20, 2004–November 26, 2005.

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