Brothel Client with Courtesan

Torii Kiyonagaca. 1784


Amsterdam, Netherlands

A brothel client, annoyed that his appointment with a high-ranking courtesan has been cancelled, throws himself onto a lower-ranking trainee courtesan. The beautifully flowing lines of this image, reminiscent of brushstrokes, almost make you forget that this is a woodblock print. This image comes from a series of twelve prints entitled Shikido juniban (Twelve Holds in the Way of Sex).


  • Title: Brothel Client with Courtesan
  • Creator: Kiyonaga, Torii
  • Date Created: ca. 1784
  • Physical Dimensions: papier
  • Rights: http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

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