『踏舞会 上野桜花観 遊ノ図』 A Dance Party: Enjoying Cherry Blossom Viewing at Ueno (Tōbukai Ueno ōka yūran no zu)
Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912)
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Image: 14 in. × 28 1/4 in. (35.6 × 71.8 cm)
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959
Not on view
The scene is set high on a hill in Ueno Park overlooking Shinobazu Pond, in the famous Seiyōken, one of Japan’s first Western-style restaurants. In the foreground, a female violinist, the new career woman, proudly displays her rare imported instrument as though it were trophy. With roses in her chignon and wearing a curvaceous bustle, the violinist is dramatically contrasted with her obsequious attendants, who crouch awkwardly in traditional clothing.
Signature: Yoshu Chikanobu (Hashimoto Naoyoshi)
Lincoln Kirstein , New York (until 1959; donated to MMA).