Beauties of the Seasons—Summer

Maker(s)
Artist: Chōbunsai Eishi 鳥文斎栄之 (1756-1829)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, early 19th century
School
Ukiyo-e
Medium
Ink, color and gold on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 98.4 × 38.3 cm (38 3/4 × 15 1/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1957.6
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

Keywords
courtesan, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, shamisen, summer, ukiyo-e, willow tree, woman
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Paintings of this type were often made in sets, showing beautiful women in the four seasons of the year. In this painting, a geisha, or professional entertainer, walks with her attendant who carries the case containing her musical instrument, a three-stringed shamisen.  A circular fan and the graceful willows denote the summer season.

Born to a family of governmental officials, Eishi specialized in paintings and prints of women, having studied painting with a master of the professional Kano school. His training is apparent in the precision and fine detail with which he renders textile patterns and facial features.

Published References
  • Klaus Joachim Brandt. Hosoda Eishi (1756-1829): Der japanische Maler und Holzschnittmeister und seine Schuler. Stuttgart. cat. 464.
  • 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.
  • Harold P. Stern. Ukiyo-e Painting: Freer Gallery of Art Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition. Exh. cat. Washington and Baltimore, 1973. cat. 79, pp. 214-215.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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