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.
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