Height: 1060.000 mm
Width: 450.000 mm
Gift of Sir W. Gwynne-Evans, Bt.
Asia JA JP 1387 (1913.5-1.0348)
Kaigetsudō Ando, Courtesan entering a mosquito net, a hanging scroll painting
Hōei-Shōtoku era (AD 1704-16)
A mosquito-net tent has been set up over
tatami mats spread with
summer quilts. A
The compositions of Kaigetsudō Ando's paintings of beautiful women were more inventive than those of his pupils who normally adopted the standing figure pose. Here Ando uses a delicacy of line which gives a gracefulness to the ample figure, as she raises the net with a slender hand. She is framed by the arching shape of the opening in the mosquito-net, while the thick skein of her hair is echoed in the curving folds of netting on the floor.
The signature reads: 'Nihon giga Kaigetsudō Ando kore [o] zu [su]' ('Light-hearted painting in Japanese style, this picture was done by Kaigetsudō Ando').
T. Clark, Ukiyo-e paintings in the Briti (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)
M. Narasaki (ed.), Hizō Ukiyo-e taikan, vol. 1 (Tokyo, Kodansha, 1987)