In the Yoshiwara District

Isoda Koryūsai Japanese

Not on view

The figures in this print are separated by a difference in scale as well as by physical barriers. The large figure in the foreground is a courtesan passing through the curtained door of a public bathhouse. Our attention, however, is drawn to the smaller-scale woman in the background who is framed within a latticed window. She is in a state of undress, but she is so eager to see who is in the entrance corridor that she has only half-covered herself with a cloth. She steadies herself with a hand on the window as she peers out. Traditionally, a bathing woman is an object of voyeurism. Koryūsai adds a twist to the theme by turning her into an observer as well.

In the Yoshiwara District, Isoda Koryūsai (Japanese, 1735–ca. 1790), Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, Japan

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