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Komurasaki of the Tama-ya House

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Artist: Gokyô
Komurasaki of the Tama-ya House, by Gokyô. Woodblock print. Japan, c.1785. This work is a good example of a benigirai-e or 'red-hating picture', which uses no red colourant. It is a particular type of benigirai-e that employs a predominantly purple colour and is known as a murasaki-e (or 'purple picture'). Benigirai-e were characterised by a more muted palette than nishiki-e (brocade prints). They were popular in the late Tenmei era (1781-9). Unusual among works showing a parading courtesan is the presence of a young man, apparently the courtesan's guest. This print follows the style of the artist's master, Eishi, so closely that if it were not for the signature, one might easily mistake it for the master's work.
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About the artist


Gokyô was a Japanese artist who flourished between the years of 1789-1801. Nothing is known about Gokyô except that he signed all his works 'disciple of Eishi'.