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Isoda Koryusai

fl. ca. 1764-1789

Yoshiwara Verandah

one sheet from an untitled series; a customer makes love to a courtesan while she leans over the railing of a verandah; signed Koryu ga in the background on the painted fusuma panel, ca. 1772

chuban yoko-e 8 1/4 by 11 1/8 in., 21.1 by 28.2 cm

Their location is likely the upper floor of a building in the Yoshiwara; below is a view of the Sumida River which is bustling with activity. On the distant shore there is a willow tree which may be the well-known mikaeri yanagi ('gazing back willow'), a landmark from which visitors departing the pleasure quarters could look back for a final glimpse and cherish the memory of the previous evening.

Inge Klompmakers, Japanese Erotic Prints: Shunga by Harunobu and Koryusai, 2001, p.81, cat. C.1
Chris Uhlenbeck, and Margarita Winkel, Japanese Erotic Fantasies: Sexual Imagery of the Edo Period, 2005, p. 100, no. 23a
Highlights of Japanese Printmaking Part 4: Shunga, Scholten Japanese Art, 2014, cat. no. 18

Shirakura Yoshihiko, Eiri shunga ehon mokuroku, 2007, pp. 190 & 229

price: $ 4,800


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