Suzuki Harunobu, ca. 1724-1770
Brazen Visitor Beneath the Mosquito Net
from an untitled series; a couple entwined emerge at the edges of a mosquito net, beneath which another sleeping man stretches out apparently exhausted from his efforts and unaware of the visitor; discreetly signed on the edge of a fusuma panel, Harunobu ga followed by a red artist's seal, Harunobu, ca. 1768
chuban yoko-e 8 1/8 by 11 1/4 in., 20.7 by 28.5 cm
In comparison with the previous print depicting a similar set up with a couple making love beside a sleeping man, in this composition the visitor has the shaved pate of an older man.
Hayashi and Lane (eds.), The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga, no. 21 Harunobu, 1998, pl. 11
Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade, 2013, no. 182 (for an amusing later version that removes the interloper)
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