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painting / hanging scroll

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  • Description

    Painting, hanging scroll. Courtesan walking forward and looking back over shoulder; wearing belt with design of coiling dragons in intense green and orange bands; cropped with edge of painting. Ink and colour on paper. Signed.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1804-1811
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 119 centimetres
    • Width: 28.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        image, lower right
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Hidemaro ga
      • Inscription Translation

        Painting by Hidemaro
  • Curator's comments

    Clark 1992

    It must be the destiny of minor pupils of a great artist to find one aspect of their teacher's genius in which they are competent and then to exaggerate this to carve out for themselves a certain individual territory. Only once in his career did Utamaro crop a figure with the edge of a painting, in what is thought to be one of his latest works, 'Courtesan Seated Playing a Shamisen', in the Freer Gallery of Art ('us', vol. 16 (1981), no. 48), and Hidemaro uses this compositional technique combined with the turned head with great effect to suggest that the woman is walking forward. Similar, too, to Utamaro's late painting style is the use of saturated colours, thickly applied; the 'obi' with a design of coiling dragons in intense green and orange bands is a 'tour de force', and the same colours are used on the lips. In general, however, Utamaro's figure style -particularly the face - has been elongated in a mannered way. The fashion for bringing the two sections of the 'yoko-hyogo' hairstyle to a sharp point is seen in early prints by Eizan and would seem to date to shortly after the death of Utamaro in 1806.Asahi 1996


    歌麿は生涯で一度だけ、絵の枠で人物を切り取る肉筆画を描いた。最晩年の作品の一つとされる「三味線を弾く遊女図」(フリーア美術館蔵 『浮世絵聚花』第16巻 1981年 小学館 48図)である。秀麿は人物が振り向く姿勢とこの構図法を結び付け、彼女が前に進みだすことを効果的に暗示している。また濡れたような厚塗りの色彩感は歌麿の晩年作に呼応し、たとえば、渦巻く龍の模様がある帯は、「めぐる力」とも言うべく強烈な緑と橙々色で色分けされ、同じ色彩が唇に用いられている。ただし一般的には、秀麿が描く人物像は-とくに顔が-形式的に間延びしている。




  • Bibliography

    • Asahi 1996 51 bibliographic details
    • Clark 1992 70 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

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  • Additional IDs

    • Jap.Ptg.Add.214 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)
Hanging scroll. Courtesan on parade.

Hanging scroll. Courtesan on parade.

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