Portrait of a Courtesan Walking

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Maker(s)
Artist: Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 (1760 - 1849)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1815-1819
School
Ukiyo-e School
Medium
Ink, color, and gold on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 110.4 x 41.8 cm (43 7/16 x 16 7/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1954.119
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
courtesan, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kakemono, portrait, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co.
Sumitomo collection

Label

Dressed in brilliantly decorated, billowing robes, a courtesan struts forward, lifting her skirt to expose her lacquered platform shoe (geta). The energetic, mannered contour lines in this painting are characteristic of Hokusai's work during the decade after 1810, when he used the artistic name "Taito," with which he signed this painting. Hokusai's painting style evolved markedly during his long and productive career; this work is significantly different from "Courtesan" (see F1903.129), which he painted about two decades earlier. In the earlier painting, the kimono flows over the woman's body, emphasizing her elongated form, whereas in this image, voluminous layers of kimono form a striking and dominant pattern of color and line.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum