Dec 16, 2021
Dec 16, 2021

Onsen in the Evening

Onsen in the Evening



Kaburaki Kiyokata 鏑木 清方

(Japanese, 1878–1972)

Woodblock-printed frontispiece (kuchi-e); ink and color on paper

Gift of Frederick and Tina Zwegat 2020.81


Did you know?

The Chinese word for bat is a homonym for fortune, a motif borrowed by Japan.


This image portrays a woman in a summer robe with a bat motif. She looks out into the evening scene on the street from behind bamboo bars in a hot spring bath. The design was once inserted into an August edition of the journal Bungei Kurabu (Literary Arts) to illustrate a story. While he got his start in creating book illustrations, Kaburaki Kiyokata went on to become a celebrated painter.

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