Two Beauties

Two Beauties

late 1700s-early 1800s

Kitao Shigemasa 北尾 重政

(Japanese, 1739-1819)

Hanging scroll, pillar painting: ink and color on silk

Painting only: 104.8 x 15.5 cm (41 1/4 x 6 1/8 in.); Including mounting: 175.3 x 32.7 cm (69 x 12 7/8 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.274

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Shigemasa favored using colors in broad opaque masses, as seen here in the beauties’ robes. He was a painter, printmaker, and poet, specializing in courtesan and actor prints. The format of this hanging scroll or "pillar painting" allows for the work to be hung on a pillar in a Japanese home.

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