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Isoda Koryusai

fl. ca. 1764-1789

Courtesan and Samurai at the New Year

from an untitled series; a young courtesan wearing a furisode auspiciously decorated with cranes lies backwards on top of a samurai who stimulates her with his fingers, behind their heads is a lacquer stand heaping with mochi (rice cakes), a food associated with the New Year, his sword is in the foreground and they are framed by sliding door panels and a folding screen, ca. 1774-75

oban yoko-e 9 7/8 by 14 3/8 in., 25 by 36.5 cm

Koryusai was the first artist to embrace the oban format for shunga by depicting larger figures (with more dramatically exaggerated genitals). His voluptuous lovers fill the compositions which were usually framed with strong diagonals defined by low walls, sliding doors and folding screens.

Highlights of Japanese Printmaking Part 4: Shunga, Scholten Japanese Art, 2014, cat. no. 29

Richard Bru, Erotic Japonisme: The Influence of Japanese Sexual Imagery on Western Art, 2014, p. 102, cat. no. 106 (Museum of the Far East, Brussels, MEAH-6311)

price: $ 3,800


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October 16, 2019

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
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