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Beauty in the Snow


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Title

Beauty in the Snow

Artist

Mihata Jōryū (Japanese, active ca. 1830-1843)

Date

1830/1843

Medium

Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

Dimensions (H x W x D)

painting: 41 1/4 in x 14 7/8 in; mounting: 74 1/2 in x 20 in

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

hanging scroll

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Margery Hoffman Smith Fund

Accession Number

90.18

Copyright

public domain

Terms

color

hanging scrolls

ink

paintings

silk

Description

The Kyoto artist Mihata Jōryū was trained in the Shijō School, which emphasized naturalism. He brings to his figures an unforced elegance quite distinct from the stylization found in images of beauties created by his contemporaries working in Edo (present-day Tokyo). Many of Jōryū’s surviving paintings, like this idealized image of a courtesan strolling in the snow, incorporate exquisite fabric from a woman’s kimono as part of the mounting silk for the painting.

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