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Painting Party

Painting Party

1880

Kawanabe Kyosai

(Japanese, 1831-1889)

Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

Painting only: 139 x 69 cm (54 3/4 x 27 3/16 in.); Including mounting: 221 x 97.5 cm (87 x 38 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1983.88

Description

This lively painting depicts shogakai, a gathering during which calligraphers and painters created artwork in response to their patrons’ requests. Such calligraphy and painting parties were a popular topic to render in the early Meiji period. This work conveys the cheerful atmosphere of the gathering. Here, each tiny painting and calligraphy was made by an individual artist with his own seal and signature.

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