Freestanding Screen with Dancer
Edo period (1615–1868)
Ink, color, and gold on gilt paper, mounted on a lacquered screen
20 x 16 15/16 in. (50.8 x 43.1 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
The bold designs of the dancer’s robe accentuate her striking presence and fluid movements, while the more delicate outlines of her hands and face convey the emotional nuances of her art. The painting, which may have once been part of a larger composition, is mounted on a nineteenth-century freestanding screen (tsuitate), the frame and lower panel of which are decorated with “sprinkled picture” (maki-e) on “pear skin” (nashiji) ground.