Re: Coulered painting

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Posted by Alec W. ( on June 13, 2021 at 22:27:04:

In Reply to: Re: Coulered painting posted by Alec W. on June 12, 2021 at 16:29:56:

As a bit of followup, I see that the Japanese-language Wikipedia page on Kitao Shigemasa appears to list this painting in the collection of the Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art:

The title is given as 「美人戯猫図」 ("Beauty playing with cat", or similar), and the full text of the inscription is given as well, 「乙巳林鐘 東都叡嶽後園 北尾紅翠齋書」. I'm not sure how to read all of that, but the first part is a sexigesimal date, dating the design to 1785. Unfortunately there is no picture available, but I think it's likely that this is the original of the print that you have.

With respect to the note below the print, it looks like the gift-giver is Kuwabara, Yōjirō 桑原羊次郎 (1868-1955). There is a page devoted to him on Wikipedia (Japanese, again):

I don't really read Japanese, but it appears that in addition to being a collector of ukiyo-e paintings, he was a scholar on swords, a lawyer, and a politician. It seems he came to the United States to study law, receiving a law degree from University of Michigan in 1892.


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