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The woman in this painting is Akizuki Miyuki, the heroine of the Joruri drama “Sho-utsushi Asagao-banashi.” In this story Miyuki was attacked by a bandit while gazing at fireflies. She was saved by a man named Miyagi Asojiro before the bandit was able to assault her. Then the two fell in love and Asojiro sent Miyuki a fan with poetry written on it expressing his love for her. This painting depicts Miyuki looking at the fan and thinking about her love Asojiro. Miyuki turns around, feeling that somebody is coming and she quickly hides the fan under her sleeve. Her behavior is typical of a young, naïve, woman falling in love. This is one of Shoen’s masterpiece works of the Taisho Era.

Details

  • Title: Daughter Miyuki
  • Date Created: 1914
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Year of Production: 大正3年
  • Physical Dimensions: w84.0 x h153.0 cm
  • Painter: Uemura Shoen
  • Object Title: 娘深雪
  • Exhibition History: 平和記念大正博覧会
  • Category: 日本画
  • Artist Name: 上村松園
  • Type: Japanese Painting
  • Rights: Adachi Museum of Art, Terms & Conditions
  • External Link: https://www.adachi-museum.or.jp/en/archives/collection/uemura_shoen
  • Medium: color on silk / framed

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