Isoda Koryūsai: The courtesan Kaoru with a letter
Artist: Isoda Koryūsai
Title: The courtesan Kaoru with a letter
Series: “Models for Fashions: New Designs as Fresh as Young Leaves” (Hinagata wakana no hatsu moyô).
The Courtesan Kaoru of the Shin Kanaya on one knee reads a long letter. Her companion Eguchi from the same house turns right, pipe in hand, trailing her uchikake, with its superb plum-blossom pattern, in a sweeping curve. One of the best designs in this series. Provenance: Henri Vever.
Condition: Very good impression and condition. Good color. Faint centerfold.
Publisher: Eijudô and Tsutaya Jusaburo
Literature: A.Hockley:”The Prints of Isoda Koryûsai”, Univ. of Washington, 2003. He discusses this series at length in chapter 4 of this book. See also Hillier’s “Japanese Prints & Drawings from the Vever Collection”, plate 195.
Signature: Koryûsai ga