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The Courtesan Yosooi of Matsuba-ya / Oiran Yosooi/ from the series: Six Beauties of the Pleasure Quarters / Seiro rokkasen
MNK VI-773
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This magnificent portrait was created in the most splendid period of Utamaro’s artistic life. The print represents as well the most elaborate project by Utamaro and the excellent work of the wood engraver. Yosooi was a famous beauty, portrayed by several contemporary artists. Being part of the transient Floating World (ukiyo) and contributing to its colourful legend, the beautiful Yosooi, immortalized in a woodblock plate by Utamaro, has survived, in a way, in spite of the declared ephemeral nature of the era.

History of the Object
Although in Feliks Jasieński’s collection of books, which is presently in the custody of the Cracow Museum, there are numerous auction catalogues, among which are catalogues of the Barboutau, Bing, Burty, Gillot and Hayashi collections, it is impossible to associate them with specific works of the Jasieński collection on the basis of short descriptions of individual items.

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Type
Print 
Materials
Colour woodblock print on paper, nishiki-e 
Measurements
oban 
Creator name
Kitagawa Utamaro 
Creator date
1754-1806 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; ca. 1801-1802 
Function
artwork 
Acquisition
Donated by Feliks Jasieński (1861-1929) in 1920. Feliks Jasieński was a Polish collector, connoisseur, critic and music lover, and outstanding personality. His interests in art and music, as well as his personal intellectual and social qualities, brought him close to the artistic elite of Paris, the capital of art. Feliks Jasieński donated about 15,000 art objects from the Far and Middle East, Poland, and other European countries to the National Museum in Cracow. Japanese art was represented by approximately 6,500 items, including paintings, sculptures, fabrics, kimonos, obi sashes, lacquerware, ceramics, enamelware, bronzes, dyeing stencils, decorative arts objects, arms and armours. The widest range of 5,000 objects was provided by the most valuable and consistent group of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints which were Jasienski’s first and probably strongest fascination.  
Copyright
The National Museum in Cracow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Romanowicz, Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Cracow, and Zofia Maria Alber (1924-1999), Former Head Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Cracow 
Owner
The National Museum in Cracow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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