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Hishikawa Moronobu, Japanese, (1618–1694)
Kiyohara no Motosuke, 1694-1695
Ink on Paper
7 3/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (18.73 cm. x 14.29 cm.)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.74


Alternate Title: Furyu sugata-e hyakunin-isshu: Kiyohara no Motosuke
Full Title: Kiyohara no Motosuke, from the book:"Fashionable Portraits of One-Hundred Poets"

Commentary
In book illustrations and single-sheet prints of the 17th century, color was sometimes added to the designs by hand, as in this example from a book illustrated by Moronobu. These generally only feature a simple color palette of green, yellow and an orange-red derived from safflower. Because this red, known as beni in Japanese, was usually the predominant color, these images are often known as beni-e, or “red pictures.”

- Meher McArthur, January 7, 2021

Marks
Japanese text on the upper 1/3 of the image. On verso, in pencil: Motosuke, Johnson I, 1.

Medium
Black and white ink on paper, with hand-coloring (beni-e). Woodblock print.

Object Description
Edo period color woodblock print of a man, sitting on the ground, with a paper and a fan, accompanied by a young boy. Text across the top part of the image.

Publisher
Kinoshita Jin'emon.

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