Kiyonaga | Tachibana Neighborhood Geisha and Child

Kiyonaga | Tachibana Neighborhood Geisha and Child

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Artist:  Kiyonaga Torii 鳥居 清長 (1752-1815)
Date: ~1785, 1963 Reprint
Publisher: Unknown (~1785); Shūeisha  (1963)
Title: Tachibana Neighborhood Geisha and Child | Tachibana-Cho Geisha to Otoko
Series: Contemporaty Beauties of the Pleasure Quarters | Tosei Yuri Bijin-Awase
Medium: Offset lithograph printed on tradtional Japanese handmade washi paper
39cm x 26cm (O-ban Diptych)

The twenty-one known designs concentrate on customs of the unllicensed pleasure quarters (okabasho), which flourished in Edo in the 1780s under the relatively lax regime of Tanuma Okitsugu. Chie Hirano, the great scholar of Kiyonaga and his works, suggested that the two young women depicted here in matching kimono are dancing girls from the unlicensed quarter at Tachinbana-cho, not far from the west end of Ryogoku bridge. This was a famous haunt of geisha, and other entertainers who worked as illicit prostitutes. (Label copy, TTC, 1999.) (Source: British Museum)

Kiyonaga ga | 清長画

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These works were commissioned from original first impressions housed in collections all around the world, with the process overseen by a team of art historians. Each piece was reproduced on an authentic ukiyo-e washi broadsheet using a polychrome offset lithographic printing process, and comes mounted to an individual envelope noting the artist name, and series print number.

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