Sukenobu was a leading Kyoto master who turned from classical subjects to the depiction of contemporary life. This image is a fine example of a 'sumizuri-e' (ink print), the basis of all prints.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.248.
Place where the work was made
woodblock print; chûban tate-e
26.3 x 17.9 cm
Signature & date
Signed u.l., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Yamato-e-shi Nishikawa Sukenobu hitsu [Drawn by Nishikawa Sukenobu, yamato-e painter]". Not dated.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
The Floating World: Japan's World of transient pleasures, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 May 1994–17 Jul 1994
Beauty and Desire in Edo period Japan, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 06 Jun 1998–09 Aug 1998
Referenced in 3 publications
Gary Hickey, Beauty & desire in Edo period Japan, Parkes, 1998, 44, 45 (colour illus.), 71. plate no. 2
Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994. cat.no. M24
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Floating World', Sydney, 2003, 248 (colour illus.).