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Gallery Text

Populated by more than 60 figures, this spectacular visualization of the Yoshiwara, Edo’s licensed pleasure district, offers an insider’s view of the main entrance to the quarter. At right, commercial deliverymen and clients—some elegantly dressed, others attempting to conceal their identity—enter the urban fantasyland through the "Great Gate." Within, the viewer is greeted by the sight of courtesans and their retinues parading around the blossoming cherry trees that were brought into the quarter each spring, doubling the opportunities for male customers to view Edo’s "flowers." In private rooms above the street, where female entertainers ply their clients with food, drink, and music, the revelry has already begun.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Katsukawa Shunkō II 勝川春好, Japanese (1762 - c. 1830)
Celebration at the Entrance of the New Yoshiwara
Work Type
screen, painting
early 19th century
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Two-panel folding screen; ink and color on silk
image only, each panel: 148.6 x 79.7 cm (58 1/2 x 31 3/8 in.)
with mount, each panel: 168 x 89 cm (66 1/8 x 35 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • signature: (damaged) 􀀃􀀄春好画 [Painted by Katsukawa Shunkō]
  • seal: upper; square, relief: 勝川 [Katsukawa]
  • seal: lower, damaged: illegible
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Narazaki Muneshige, ed., Nikuhitsu ukiyoe, vol 4: Shunsho, Zauho Press/Editions Shueisha (Tokyo, Japan, 1982), illus. #33

Narazaki Muneshige, Nikuhitsu ukiyoe meisakuten : saki kaoru Edo no joseibi, Asahi Shimbusha (Tokyo, 1984), illus. 33

Kobayashi Tadashi, ed., Nikuhitsu ukiyoe taikan, vol. 7: Manno Bijutsukan, Kodansha (Tokyo, Japan, 1996), illus. 39

Sebastian Izzard LLC, Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e: Paintings from the Manno Art Museum (New York, NY, 2003), illus. #21, p. 73

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Masterworks of Ukiyo-e Painting: The Bloom and Fragrant Beauty of Edo Women, Nihonbashi Tokyu Department Store, 02/17/1984 - 02/29/1984

32Q: 2600 East Asian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/23/2022 - 12/05/2022

Japanese Genre Painting, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 05/10/2015

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/14/2020 - 06/06/2021

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