Amorous Couple

Okumura Masanobu Japanese

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A man and a woman sit on the veranda of a teahouse smoking long pipes. Their intimate exchange draws the attention of an errand boy who turns his head on his way past with a load of books. The depiction of amorous couples is a popular theme in ukiyo-e prints. The inclusion of this youthful observer introduces a note of curiosity mixed with envy, while indicating that the scene is taking place in public.

Amorous Couple, Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764), Monochrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper, Japan

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