School of Kiyokata

(20th century)

Listening (Kiku obi)

hanging scroll depicting a beauty playing the violin, unsigned ink and colors on silk, mounted on brocade, ca. 1900

overall: 17 5/8 by 20 1/4, 182 by 51.5 cm
painting: 38 by 15 1/4 in., 96.5 by 38.7 cm

The subject of this painting is clearly referencing a well-known kuchi-e (frontispiece) print known as 'Morning Dew' (or 'Kiku' or 'Chrysanthemums') by the Nihonga (and early shin-hanga) master, Kaburagi Kiyokata (1878-1973). While the Kiyokata print (surely based on a painting) features a beauty wearing a pale green furisode ('swinging sleeves') kimono while standing beside blossoming chrysanthemums, in this composition the artist references the flowers with the pattern on the young musician's obi.


School of Kiyokata detail


School of Kiyokata
Kiyokata, Morning Dew, ca. 1903, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. JP3191

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