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Figure Sketches

Kawanabe Kyōsai (Japanese, 1831–1889)

Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Handscroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
17 ft 3 1/2 in. x 10 3/4 in. (516.9 x 27.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.119.2
  • Description

    After training in the academic Kano school tradition, Kyōsai became an independent painter in Edo (today's Tokyo) during the final years of the Tokugawa shogunate. A prolific painter and teacher, he became well known outside Japan through his prominence at the international expositions in Vienna in 1873 and Paris in 1883. These charming, quickly rendered sketches were probably done as models for his students. They reveal the animated brushwork and sure command of form through line that characterize his painting.

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