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Beauty Looking Back

Hishikawa Moronobu

  • 「Beauty Looking Back」 Hishikawa Moronobu

These images are based on the high resolution facsimile produced by the Joint-research Project with CPCP. Unauthorized copying, duplication, or transfer of these images is strictly prohibited.

DATA
Artist:
Hishikawa Moronobu
Historical era:
Edo (18th century)
Material:
printed on silk
Medium:
hanging scroll
Size:
H63.0 × W31.2 cm
[Original]
Current owner:
Tokyo National Museum
Material:
ink, color on silk
DESCRIPTION

This shows a beautiful woman wearing a red garment, and caught in the moment of looking back. Hailing from Boyo, part of modern-day Chiba Prefecture, Moronobu was originally skilled at nuihaku, a method of combining embroidery and metallic leaf, to create detailed and vivid garments. Moronobu was admired for his beauty paintings, which were said to represent the true Edo (Tokyo) women. This painting's signature Yuchiku, was the nom de plume Moronobu used in his later years.

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