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Three Beauties, 1930s
Ink on paper
12 7/8 in. x 18 1/8 in. (32.77 cm x 45.97 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2011.1.20


Commentary
While this image originated during the Edo period (created during the 1730s - the artist lived from 1706 to 1763), the print displayed here was a recarved edition, created during the 1930s.
Left figure is Osaka; middle figure is Kyoto; right figure is Edo.

The three women in this print embody the cities of Osaka (left), Kyoto (center), and Edo, (right). Drawing from stereotypes of the cities, artists like Kiyomasu typically portrayed Osaka as gaudy, Kyoto as aristocratic, and Edo as cosmopolitan

The paper is sand colored. The impression is very good; the colors are in very good condition. The print was hand colored.

Marks
Artist's signature: Torii Kiyomasu

Medium
ink on paper

Object Description
Three beauties: "Sanpuku Tsui."

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