• Courtesans parading under lanterns: Nishikido (錦戸) of the Chōjiya, <i>kamuro</i> Kikuno (きくの) and Utano (うたの) in the right panel; Nanakoshi (七こし) of the Ōgiya (扇や), <i>kamuro</i> Mineno (みねの) and Takane (たかね) in the left panel - These are the center and right hand panels of a triptych
Courtesans parading under lanterns: Nishikido (錦戸) of the Chōjiya, <i>kamuro</i> Kikuno (きくの) and Utano (うたの) in the right panel; Nanakoshi (七こし) of the Ōgiya (扇や), <i>kamuro</i> Mineno (みねの) and Takane (たかね) in the left panel - These are the center and right hand panels of a triptych
Courtesans parading under lanterns: Nishikido (錦戸) of the Chōjiya, <i>kamuro</i> Kikuno (きくの) and Utano (うたの) in the right panel; Nanakoshi (七こし) of the Ōgiya (扇や), <i>kamuro</i> Mineno (みねの) and Takane (たかね) in the left panel - These are the center and right hand panels of a triptych

Katsukawa Shunchō (勝川春潮) (artist 1783 – 1821)

Courtesans parading under lanterns: Nishikido (錦戸) of the Chōjiya, kamuro Kikuno (きくの) and Utano (うたの) in the right panel; Nanakoshi (七こし) of the Ōgiya (扇や), kamuro Mineno (みねの) and Takane (たかね) in the left panel - These are the center and right hand panels of a triptych

Print


ca 1785 – 1790
Signed: Shunchō ga (春潮画)
Artists seal: Chūrin
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (Marks 180 - seal 25-365)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the full triptych
Harvard Art Museums - same as left panel of Lyon Collection prints
Royal Museums of Art and History, Belgium (via Cultural Japan) - the full triptych
The Art Institute of Chicago - the full triptych On the right the courtesan Nishikido of the green-house Chōjiya with her retinue and on the left Nanakoshi of Ōgiya. The centre and right sheets of a triptych executed in the restricted color palette of beni girai (red avoiding) of which Shunchō was the undisputed master.

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"Beneath the signature is the seal of the artist, which reads "chūrin," an abbreviation of "Chūrinsha," a name occasionally employed by the artist." Quoted from a curatorial entry at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. (JSV)

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Only the greens and yellows have maintained the essence of their coloring. The lovely lavenders and rose colors have either faded to a completely different color or to have faded away altogether. (JSV)

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Illustrated in:

1) Black and white in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collection: Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels, vol. 9, Kodansha, 1989, #37, p. 174.

2) Ukiyo-e Taikei, vol 4, #241,2 and 3.
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)
Izumiya Ichibei (和泉屋市兵衛) (publisher)