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Title

(Portraits of six poetesses)

18th century-19th century


Artist

Watanabe NANGAKU

Japan

1767 - 1813


About

Watanabe Nangaku was one of Okyo's ten most noted pupils. Okyo and his large studio fulfilled many commissions for 'bijin-ga' (paintings of beautiful women), professional-style paintings that were the Kyoto equivalent of Edo 'ukiyo-e' paintings and would have been commissioned by the Kyoto equivalent of the Edo townspeople. Nangaku was also significant for initiating Edo artists into the Kyoto-based Maruyama school while on a three-year sojourn there.

Compositions of six female portraits are uncommon, and while an Edo artist may have done it as a 'mitate' (parody) on the classical theme of the Six Immortal Poets ('Rokkasen'), Nangaku has treated his work as a group portrait. The women are believed to include two courtesans from Shimabara, Kyoto's entertainment district, the mother of painter Ike Taiga (lower left), and a peasant from the Ohara village, which provided Kyoto with brushwood for winter fires.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.253.


Details


Other Title

Portraits of six women


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

18th century-19th century


Media category

Painting


Materials used

hanging scroll; ink, colours and gold on silk


Dimensions

44.3 x 66.0 cm image; 155.5 x 84.3 x 96.7 cm scroll


Signature & date

Signed c.l., in Japanese [inscribed in ink] "Nangaku [artist's seal]". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1980


Location

Not on display


Accession number

121.1980


Artist information

Watanabe NANGAKU

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Floating World', Sydney, 2003, 253 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Orientations, 'Japanese Figure Painting: From the Public to the Personal', pg. 114-119, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 117 (colour illus.). fig.5

Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994, not paginated. cat.no. L13

Jackie Menzies, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Asian Art', pg. 85-103, Sydney, 1981, 85 (colour illus.), 98. cat.no. 26