Artist: Kaigetsudō Ando 懐月堂安度 (active early 18th century)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 18th century
Ink and color on paper
H x W: 98.1 x 45.1 cm (38 5/8 x 17 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

courtesan, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kakemono, ukiyo-e
Provenance research underway.

Displaying a voluminous kimono with the outer layer thrown back over one shoulder, this courtesan has the majestic bearing characteristic of paintings and prints by artists of the Kaigetsudo school.  Although the works by the artists associated with this group tend to share a formulaic approach to composition, the garment's detail in this painting reveals the subtle touch of a master painter.

Published References
  • Zaigai hiho [(Japanese Paintings in Western Collections]. 3 vols., Tokyo. vol. 3, pt. I, pl. 30.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 58, vol. 2: p. 171.
  • , vol. 11 Washington and Ann Arbor. pp. 27-38.
  • Harold P. Stern. Ukiyo-e Painting: Freer Gallery of Art Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition. Exh. cat. Washington and Baltimore, 1973. cat. 27, pp. 64-67.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 129.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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