Koryûsai: Young couple at the kotatsuKoryûsai: Young couple at the kotatsu
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Isoda Koryûsai (1735-1790)

A young woman secretly fiddling with the topknot of a young man, presumably her lover, who has fallen asleep over his books sitting at the kotatsu. Through the open sliding door in the background a garden with snow covered bamboo can be seen.

Signature: Koryûsai ga

Date: c. 1769

Size: Vertical Chuban, 24 x 17,9 cm

Excellent impression in very good colours, with relief printing. Red partially oxidized. A little trimmed, a few tiny, partly restored wormholes at right margin, lower left corner from verso a little bit thinner, only minimal soiling. Top verso small paper hinge remnants. Overall very nice condition

A rare and very charming image.

Allen Hockley, The Prints of Isoda Koryûsai. Seattle /London 2003, p. 269, No. 38. Art Institute of Chicago, Clarence Buckingham Collection, 1925.2212