Woman stretching cloth to dry; two children at play

Maker(s)
Artist: Hanabusa Itchō 英一蝶 (1652-1724)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 17th-early 18th century
Medium
Ink and light color on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 30 × 47.9 cm (11 13/16 × 18 7/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1903.108
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
child, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kakemono, playing, ukiyo-e, woman
Provenance

To 1903
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1903 [1]

From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in Japan in 1903 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Kakemono List, L. 324, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. For information regarding purchase location, see Accession List.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Label

One boy chases another beneath a long piece of light blue cloth as a young woman stretches the fabric with sticks to smooth it as it dries. The fabric is attached to a branch of a willow tree that has just begun to show green leaves in spring. The artist Hanabusa Itcho, a native of Osaka, received his artistic training in the traditional Kano school, but he preferred the subjects of daily life and leisure that were popular among patrons of the merchant class. This small, informal painting combines Itcho's technical mastery with perceptive, often humorous observation of contemporary life. This scene reads almost as a modern snapshot; it captures a playful moment in the midst of a mundane task.

Published References
  • Elisabeth West FitzHugh. A Pigment Census of Ukiyo-e Paintings in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 11 Washington and Ann Arbor, 1979. pp. 27-38.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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