Jan 9, 2015
Jan 9, 2015
Jan 9, 2015

Courtesan

Courtesan

太夫図

early 1700s

Kaigetsudō Doshin 懐月堂 度辰

(Japanese, active 1711–1736)

Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

Painting only: 91.7 x 46 cm (36 1/8 x 18 1/8 in.); Including mounting: 170.2 x 67.3 cm (67 x 26 1/2 in.)

Worcester R. Warner Collection 1917.97

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Kaigetsudō Doshin was one of five painters in a studio operating under Kaigetsudō Ando (about 1671–1743) in the Asakusa area of Edo (now Tokyo). The workshop specialized in portraits, like this one, of high-ranking courtesans of the Yoshiwara district. Characteristic of those works, this painting features strong ink delineation of the subject’s twisting form and bold patterns in the kimono, as well as the absence of any sort of setting.

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