Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
Image: 50.4 x 82.2 cm (19 13/16 x 32 3/8 in.); Overall: 155.2 x 97.7 cm (61 1/8 x 38 7/16 in.); with knobs: 155.2 x 104.7 cm (61 1/8 x 41 1/4 in.)
The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.275
This celebrated work by Tamura Suio was acquired from Osaka in 1976, donated to the museum in 1985, and was included in the 1998 exhibition Highlights of Asian Paintings at the Nara National Museum and the Suntory Museum of Art in Japan. It depicts four women of fashion at leisure who are interrupted by the arrival of a young man, the lover of one of the women. Former director Sherman Lee remarked on the pictorial design of such paintings of beautiful women, explaining that "the placement of the figures and their interrelations, psychological and aesthetic, show a calculation and subtlety worthy of the great decorative masters."
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