Koryûsai - Lovers and incense
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Isoda Koryûsai (1735-1790)
Lovers, embracing closely, are sitting nearby an open window, with a tree beside. Next to the couple an incense tray and a tobacco pouch with the „hidden“ signature „Koryû“.
Date: ca. 1770/71
Size: Chûban, 18,7 x 25,2 cm
Nice impression, with relief printing. Colours still nice. Paper a little bit trimmed, at lower left a tiny bit worn, otherwise very good condtion. Rare item.
Fig. in Klompmakers, Japanese erotic prints. Shunga by Harunobu & Koryûsai, Leiden 2008 (2.A.). p 87, No. C.4. Compare also Evans, Shunga, New York/London (1975), p 175 and Fig. 6.18-19. Brea/Kondo, Ukiyo-e Prints and Paintings from the Early Masters to Shunshô, Genua 1980, pp 205. Uhlenbeck/Winkel, Japanese Erotic Fantasies, Amsterdam 2005, p 100.