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    Suzuki Harunobu created his own unique style of bijinga (pictures of beautiful women). Despite his brief activity as an artist, he produced over 1000 outstanding prints which included the mitate-e (parody pictures) inherent in egoyomi (illustrated calendar prints) with various novel subject matters such as contemporary beauties, mothers and children, young lovers, and casual scenes of everyday life.

    This print shows a young beauty who has come with her maid to the park to enjoy the spring flowers, on a sunny day. She is resting in her sedan chair with an open bamboo blind, underneath a blossoming cherry tree, among dandelions and violets. She is about to light her pipe helped by her maid who crouches on the ground; an elegant ashtray box is placed in front of her knee. Her kimono is chiefly in slate-brown with a popular design of nami ni chidori (waves and plovers) while that of maid is of dark olive with yukimochi sasa (bamboo grass covered with snow). These colour combinations, with spring flowers, and a delicate yellow for the background produce a lively atmosphere.

    This print is slightly faded.

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