This print is one of a series of twelve drypoints published by Cassatt’s dealer Durand-Ruel in 1890. The great Japanese exhibition organized by Sigfried Bing at the École des Beaux-Arts that year had included more than seven hundred ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The prints by Utamaro—in particular the suite of twelve images of women known as The Twelve Hours in the Pleasure Quarter of the Yoshiwara—made a profound impression on Cassatt when she visited the exhibition, inspiring her to create her own set of drypoints of fashionable young women seen at intimate moments in their daily lives.
"Acquisitions of the Art Museum 1971," Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University, 31 no. 1 (1972): p. 20-32.