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Chinese Beauty

Chinese Beauty

late 1700s-early 1800s

Kubo Shunman

(1757-1820)

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

Image: 96 x 37 cm (37 13/16 x 14 9/16 in.); Overall: 184.2 x 53.3 cm (72 1/2 x 21 in.)

Kelvin Smith Fund 1988.1

Description

Kubo Shunman is best known as a composer of comic verse and designer of high quality prints known simply as “printed things” (surimono) on which such verses typically appeared. However, he also painted larger scale but equally detailed images like this one, which portrays an elegant Chinese woman standing before a banana plant. In keeping with the painting’s sensibility, the verse inspired by the scene and inscribed at the top is in Chinese, and executed in a refined and handsome style. Shunman’s signature at the lower right indicates that he painted the work with his left hand.

See also
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Credit line: 
Kelvin Smith Fund

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