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calligrapher: Kitao Masanobu (Santō Kyōden) (Japanese, 1761-1816)
hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
scroll: 58 1/2 in x 24 in; painting (including borders): 27 in x 18 1/4 in
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- Credit Line
Museum Purchase: Margery Hoffman Smith Fund
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Utagawa Toyoharu is known to print collectors as a master of uki-e (landscapes employing one-point perspective). This painting, a portrait of one of the famous courtesans of Edo, reveals his talent as a painter of elegant beauties. At the woman’s side is a shamisen, a banjo-like instrument that was popular in Yoshiwara (the licensed brothel district) and the kabuki theater, and she appears to be perusing a songbook. The lengthy inscription is by Santō Kyōden—a leading author of comic fiction and a famous connoisseur of Edo’s entertainment districts.