Suzuki Harunobu: Prints in Full Color
Courtesan, Two Kamuro and a Giant Snowball, from Picture Book of the Brocades of Spring (Ehon haru no nishiki)
Color woodblock-printed book
21.7 x 14.6 cm each page
Vol. 1 of 2
Harunobu’s five volumes of courtesan portraits of 1770 constitute the only color-printed book published in his lifetime. A different publisher issued the book shown here, in two volumes and in a smaller format, in the first month of Meiwa 8 (1771), a few months after the artist’s death. As the block cutter is the same one named in the 1770 book and the illustrations are authentic in style, it is likely that Harunobu completed the preliminary drawings for the book before his death.
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