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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.

price: $ 1,800

School of Kiyokata

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

School of Kiyokata



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