Yoshinobu

Komai Yoshinobu

fl. 1765-1770

The Third Princess with her Cat
(Nyosan no miya, Neko)

signed Komai Yoshinobu ga, ca. 1765-69

chuban tate-e 10 1/4 by 7 5/8 in., 26 by 19.3 cm

The subject is a parody of the Third Princess (Nyosan no miya) from a scene in The Tale of Genji in which Genji catches a glimpse of the princess when her playful cat scampers out onto a verandah thereby pushing the privacy bamboo blinds open to briefly reveal the young beauty.

There is scant biographical information on Komai Yoshinobu, who was a contemporary and perhaps follower of Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770). Harunobu produced a similar composition of the Third Princess in ca. 1767-68, impressions of which are in the collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art (21737), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (JP1638) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (11.19508).

Reference:
Ritsumeikan University, accession no. Z0165-185
(inv. no. 10-5068)

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