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  • Description

    Painting, hanging-scroll. Two geishas accompanied by chubby maid carrying shamisen, turning back and laughing at something outside picture. Ink, colour and gold on silk. Signed, dated and sealed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1821 (5th month)
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 89.6 centimetres
    • Width: 38.6 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature and date
      • Inscription Position

        image, top right
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        辛巳仲夏日 / 玉僊寫意
      • Inscription Transliteration

        [...] / Gyokusen shai
      • Inscription Translation

        5th Month, 1821; Gyokusen, painting the intent
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        image, top right
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Nihonga no Minamoto
      • Inscription Translation

        Source of Japanese painting
      • Inscription Comment

        In red.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        image, top right
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

      • Inscription Comment

        In red.
  • Curator's comments

    Clark 1992

    The two extended visits by Hokusai to Nagoya in 1812 and 1817, during which he lodged with his pupil Bokusen (1775-1824), had a considerable impact on the artistic community of this thriving but culturally somewhat isolated castle town. The most famous product of these visits was, of course, the 'Hokusai Manga' published by Eirakuya Toshiro of that city, but Hokusai also developed an extended network of disciples both in Nagoya and also in the Osaka/Kyoto region when he moved on there. It is not known if Mori Gyokusen studied directly with Hokusai, and it is more likely that he learned something of the Hokusai 'bijin' style through Bokusen. As with other artists with strong artistic personalities - one is reminded of Hotei Gosei (Hokuga) - this style was radically modified into a highly mannered idiom. Apparent, too, is the pull of the Maruyama-Shijo style of Kyoto.

    Two geishas, on their way to perform at a party and accompanied by a chubby maid carrying a 'shamisen', turn together to look back in surprise at something that has caught their attention. With elongated bodies impossibly contorted, they resemble a pair of exotic but ungainly wading birds. The technique of kimono decoration is flawless, an interesting distinction being drawn between the subdued tones of the costume of the maid and the brilliant brocades of the geishas' 'obi', after the manner of Kyoto painters.

    Another painting by Gyokusen in similar style, 'Drunken Beauty', with an inscription by Juppensha Ikku has recently been introduced (Kumamoto 1991, no. 72).

    '(Hizo) Ukiyo-e taikan' ('Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections'), ed. Narazaki Muneshige. vol. 1, Tokyo, Kodansha, 1987, no. 168.Asahi 1996



    よく似た様式の玉僊の作品、十返舎一九賛「酔美人図」が近年紹介された(熊本県立美術館『今西コレクション名品展III』図録 1991年 72図)。



  • Bibliography

    • Clark 1992 132 bibliographic details
    • Hizo Ukiyo-e taikan Vol 1 168 bibliographic details
    • Asahi 1996 84 bibliographic details
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  • Additional IDs

    • Jap.Ptg.Add.669 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)
Hanging-scroll. Two geisha and a maid with shamisen. Ink and colour on silk. Dated, signed and sealed.

Hanging-scroll. Two geisha and a maid with shamisen. Ink and colour on silk. Dated, signed and sealed.

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