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Operating on Guan Yu's Arm

Operating on Guan Yu's Arm

1840s
(Japanese, c. 1800-after 1857)
Mounted: 206.7 x 73.1 cm (81 3/8 x 28 3/4 in.); Painting: 140.2 x 68.3 cm (55 3/16 x 26 7/8 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

This is the largest surviving painting by the artist.

Description

Ukiyo-e artists’ subject matter extended to popular literature. Katsushika Ōi used color to great effect in her gruesome version of an episode from a 14th-century Chinese novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Ōi portrayed the passage in which legendary 3rd-century military leader Guan Yu undergoes a bone scraping to remove poisons received from an arrow wound. In this sensationalist portrayal, Guan Yu’s attendants cower at the sight of his bloody arm while he remains unflinchingly focused on his game. As a woman, Ōi was an outlier in her era, but her talent was allowed to shine due to collaboration with her father, Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), the famed designer of the print known as The Great Wave.
  • before 1998
    Yamagata Hatsutaro
    October 27, 1998
    (Christie's New York, "An Important Collection of Japanese Ukiyo-e Paintings," 27 October 1998, lot 84, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1998–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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    Shibui, Kiyoshi 渋井清, and Sadao Kikuchi 菊池貞夫. Nikuhitsu ukiyoe bijinga shūsei [肉筆浮世絵, 美人画集成 = Ukiyo-e paintings of beauties in Japanese collections]. Tōkyō: Mainichi Shinbunsha, 1983. Reproduced: vol. 2, pl. 20
    Azabu Museum of Art, and Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, eds. Azabu Bijutsukan shozō nikuhitsu ukiyoe meihin ten [麻布美術館所蔵肉筆浮世絵名品展 = Ukiyo-e painting masterpieces in the collection of the Azabu Museum of Art]. Tōkyō: Azabu Bijutsukan, 1988. Reproduced: pl. 79
    Tazawa Hiroyoshi 田沢裕賀. "Azabu bijutsukan shozo nikuhitsu ukiyo-e meihin ten: Tenrankai annai" (Exhibition of ukiyo-e masterpieces in the Azabu Museum of Art: Exhibition news). Ukiyo-e geijutsu [浮世絵芸術 = Ukiyo-e Art] 94 (October 1988). Reproduced: title page
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    Kobayashi, Tadashi 小林忠 and Shūgō. Asano 浅野秀剛 . Azabu bijutsu kōgeikan [麻布美術工芸館 = Azabu Museum of Arts and Crafts]. vol. 6 of Nikuhitsu ukiyo-e taikan [Ukiyo-e paintings in Japanese collections]. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1995. Reproduced: pl. 61
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    Cleveland Museum of Art, “New Cleveland Indian Arrives at the CMA,” November 27, 1998, Cleveland Museum of Art Archives. archive.org
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  • Japan's Floating World (Japanese art rotation) 235. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (April 8-October 9, 2022).
    Nikuhitsu ukiyo-e meisaku ten. Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, Japan (January 19–26, 1957).
    Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave. The British Museum, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (organizer) (May 25-August 13, 2017); Abeno Harukas Art Museum, Osaka, Japan (October 6-November 19, 2017).
    Asian Games: The Art of Contest. The Asia Society Museum, New York, NY (organizer) (October 14, 2004-February 5, 2005); National Museum of Asian Art, Washington, DC (February 26-May 15, 2005).
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    Japanese Gallery 103 Rotation. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (December 20, 1998–March 15, 1999).
    Nikuhitsu ukiyo-e meihin ten [肉筆浮世絵名品展 = Exhibition of masterpieces of ukiyo-e painting]. Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (April 8–May 7, 1989).
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    Nikuhitsu ukiyo-e meisaku ten: Orinpikku Tokyo taikai kinen [The exhibition of ukiyoe hand-paintings [sic]: In commemoration of the Tokyo Olympics]. Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, Japan (October 8–18, 1964).
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