Portrait of a Beauty

Artist: Shuransai Zengo (late 18th-ea.19th c.)
Inscription: Inscription by Okada Gyokuzan 岡田玉山 (?-1807 or 1808)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 18th-early 19th century
Ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 82.6 x 27.7 cm (32 1/2 x 10 7/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

bijinga, Edo period (1615 - 1868), fan, Japan, kakemono, portrait, woman, WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable

This work presents, in word and image, a candid record of rivalry between artists. Gyokuzan, the author of the long inscription on this painting, was a well-known Osaka book illustrator. In the text he obliquely and derisively describes the popularity of the Kyoto artisit Gion Seitoku. Gyokuzan then praises the talent of his own student, Zengo, who produced the courtesan painting beneath the text, noting that Seitoku's talent is easily matched.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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