This lesson plan examines the significance and popularity of the ukiyo-e, Japanese woodblock prints during the Edo period (1615-1868).
Gion Seitoku (Japanese, 1781-1829?)
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, Overall: 139.7 cm (55 in.); Painting only: 56.6 x 44 cm (22 5/16 x 17 5/16 in.). The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.271
During the 1700s and 1800s, wearing iridescent, greenish lip gloss was in vogue. Also, Japanese women almost universally practiced the custom of artificially blackening their teeth with a stain. This woman wears a tortoiseshell comb and hairpins. A Kyoto-based painter, Seitoku specialized in portraying women from the Gion, the licensed brothel district in Kyoto. He was known for detailing faces with subtle modeling to heighten a sense of realism.
CMA, 1973: "Ukiyo-e: Floating World," no catalogueCMA, 1988: "A Private World: Japanese and Chinese Art from the Kelvin Smith Collection," CMA Bulletin 75 (September, 1988), listed p. 294; reproduced p. 273, figure 14 and color plate VIII, p. 269.Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; December 12, 2004- April 10, 2005. "Visions of Japan: Prints and Paintings from Cleveland Collections".
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