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20th century

Layered Sketch of Bugaku Performer

ink and color on multiple layers of paper, unsigned

approximately 10 5/8 by 5 3/4 in., 27 by 14.5 cm

This dynamic drawing of a bugaku performer offers a fascinating glimpse into the artistic process. With at least 4 layers of paper pasted one on top of the other, the artist worked his way up from a heavy-handed but accomplished sketch (visible from verso), to a lighter version on the top layer embellished with washes of color. It is unsigned and came from a collection of a large variety of preparatory works, most of it unsigned an unattributable to an artist or school.

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Scholten Japanese Art
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