Moonlight Revelry at Dozo Sagami

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Maker(s)
Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川歌麿 (1753 - 1806)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 18th- early 19th century
School
Ukiyo-e School
Medium
Ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 147.4 x 321 cm (58 1/16 x 126 3/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1903.54
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

Keywords
boat, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kakemono, koto, moon, music, ocean, shamisen, ukiyo-e
Provenance

To 1903
Hayashi Tadamasa (1853-1906), Paris and Tokyo, to 1903 [1]

From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the Hayashi sale, through Siegfried Bing (1838-1905), Paris, in 1903 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Curatorial Remark 1, undated folder sheet note, in the object record.See also, Original Kakemono List, L. 295, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Hayashi Tadamasa (C.L. Freer source) French (born Japan), 1853 - 1906

Label

Utamaro is known mainly for his sumptuous woodblock prints portraying women. Moonlight Revelry, a masterpiece among his few paintings, once formed a set of three on the themes of "Snow," "Moon," and "Flower." This painting shows the spacious salon of an elite pleasure house located in Shinagawa, once a suburb of Edo (now Tokyo), the center of the shogun's government. Here Utamaro used principles of European perspective, which had begun to be incorporated into Japanese art during the eighteenth century, to depict a dramatic architectural setting while maintaining the elevated viewpoint of traditional Japanese painting.
This painting illustrates on a grand scale many of the Japanese ideas that transformed James McNeill Whistler's work. The elevated viewpoint and such compositional formulas as a woman leaning against a railing facing the bay appear in The Balcony (see F1892.23). Whistler's paintings also reveal his study of Japanese color composition.

Published References
  • Mr. and Mrs. Laurance P. Roberts John M. Rosenfield. A Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramic, Prints, Lacquer., First Edition. Tokyo and New York, 1976. .
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  • Harold P. Stern. Ukiyo-e Painting. Exh. cat. Washington and Baltimore, 1973. cat. 82, pp. 224-227.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 139.
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  • Kobayashi Tadashi. Utamaro's Beauty. Ukiyoe Gallery series, vol. 5. p. 26.
  • David Lauer Stephen Pentak. Design Basics., 7th Edition. p. 207.
  • Hayashi Tadamasa Siegfried Bing. Objets d'art et peintures de la Chine et du Japon: peintures, livres, réunis par T. Hayashi, dont la vente aura lieu du lundi 27 jan. au samedi 1er fév. 1902 inclus dans les galeries de mm. Durand-Ruel... Commissaire-priseur: me P. Chevalier. Paris. no. 1583, opp. p. 294.
  • H. Batterson Boger. The Traditional Arts of Japan: A Complete Illustrated Guide. Garden City, NY. pl. 8.
  • Zaigai hiho (Japanese Paintings in Western Collections). 3 vols., Tokyo. pl. 61.
  • Elisabeth West FitzHugh. A Pigment Census of Ukiyo-e Paintings in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 11 Washington and Ann Arbor, 1979. pp. 27-38.
  • Harold P. Stern Narasaki Muneshige. Ukiyo-e shuka. vol. 16, Tokyo. pl. 8.
  • Jack Hillier. Utamaro: colour prints and paintings. Oxford. fig. 83.
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  • Masterpieces of Utamaro Paintings. .
  • Geiyutu Shincho. 5, May 2014. Japan. .
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Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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