An image of Pleasure is this/ to lie cool under the moonflower bower/ the man in his undershirt, the woman in her slip

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Pleasure is this/ to lie cool under the moonflower bower/ the man in his undershirt, the woman in her slip, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

This is an informal setting of a peasant couple relaxing at the end of a hard day, viewing the moon. Their infant son is being suckled by his mother, while the man is leaning back and singing with a cup and a kettle of sake beside him, his garment lightly falling off his shoulder. A beautiful, robustly growing gourd vine called 'yūgao' (moonflower) frames the scene. A friend of Yoshitoshi, Keika, composed the poem in the upper right cartouche, which is reflected in the title of this work.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Oct 1890
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodblock; ōban
Dimensions
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated.

Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
Accession number
258.2012.88