male figure in gray and white striped kimono grabs the wrist of a young female attendant who was handing him a red dish; other young women and geisha serve tea, play instruments, and dance around the man; small feast in front of man on ground, including large red snapper; scene takes place on a green dock over water

Summer Party on the Bank of the Kamo River, around 1800

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During the summer months, restaurants along the west bank of the Kamo River in Kyoto put platforms over the river so guests can enjoy their evening meals outdoors. This spectacle became a subject for artists of the ukiyo-e and Shijō schools as a representation of the summer season. Here, the smoking tray in front of the young man provides the name of the restaurant, Shijōya. Two women are leaving the scene on the left while he is dining with a young woman sitting opposite of him. They are entertained by two musicians with shamisen (three-stringed instrument) and three young girls wearing bright red aprons are serving them. This painting was chosen as model for a woodblock-printed triptych published in 1801 that represents the Sixth Month and is part of a series depicting the twelve months through designs by Toyohiro and his fellow ukiyo-e artist Toyokuni.

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Title
Summer Party on the Bank of the Kamo River
Artist Life
1773 - 1828
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.120
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 288
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male figure in gray and white striped kimono grabs the wrist of a young female attendant who was handing him a red dish; other young women and geisha serve tea, play instruments, and dance around the man; small feast in front of man on ground, including large red snapper; scene takes place on a green dock over water