Art on Tuesday: Reading a Letter

This young courtesan is reading a very long letter while she is sitting on a veranda. The paper door in the background is open, so that you can see a cherry tree in full bloom.
At the bottom a cat is playing with the right end of the paper roll. This ukiyo-e was painted by Torii Kiyomitsu 鳥居清満 (1735-1785). The name of the picture is 文を読む遊女と猫 (courtesan reading a text/letter and a cat). His style reminds me of Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木 春信 (1725-1770) for example see his picture named Viewing the moon or Fishing on the Sumida River.

(source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston).

Art on Tuesday: Torii Kiyomitsu

Torii Kiyomitsu

Woman with an umbrella in a storm. Woodblock print (ukiyo-e) by the Japanese painter Torii Kiyomitsu 鳥居清満 (1735-1785). Look at the sky, there you can see a dark cloud! The god of thunder Raijin is struggling with it, using his thunder-wheel with drums.