Beauties and the Seven Bright Flowers: Peony, Uematsu Chikako
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Beauties and the Seven Bright Flowers: Peony, Uematsu Chikako, 1878
Ink on Paper
14 5/8 in. x 9 13/16 in. (37.08 cm x 24.89 cm)
In the late 1870s, the artist Yoshitoshi designed a series of prints called Beauties and the Seven Bright Flowers, which paired beautiful women from the Imperial Court with the most popular seasonal flowers. Here, the Lady Uematsu Masako (or Chikako) is paired with peonies, a flower that has long been associated with feminine beauty and a symbol of summertime. She is shown in a colorful kimono carrying a paddle-shaped hand fan (uchiwa) to help her stay cool in the summer heat.
- Meher McArthur, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections, 2021
Signed: oju Yoshitoshi ga Seal: Red square "taiso"
From the series "Bijin shichi yoka" with half-length portraits of women of the Imperial Court. The high ranking courty lady, Sho-go-i Uematsu Masako and peonies.
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