Yokoyama Kazan (1784-1837) - Courtesan procession

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76-16 Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakkyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335



Yokoyama Kazan (1784-1837) - Courtesan procession
Yokoyama Kazan (1784-1837) was a pupil of both Kishi Ganku (1749-1838, founder of the Kishi school) and Matsumura Goshun (1752-1811, founder of the Shijō school). He amalgamated the styles of both men in his paintings though with a noticeable leaning toward the softer and more lyrical tones of Goshun. Kazan was a brilliant transitional artist and his works evoke the increasingly fluid and creative disposition of the later Edo period. This six-fold screen depicts the promenade of a stately courtesan and her entourage making their way from their living quarters to an appointed house to meet with clients. Kazan has all but dispensed with a background, allowing the ladies to flow undisturbed along a softly washed ground. The figures are bold in both size and their increasing individualism. The high ranking courtesan on the right is attempting to lead her retinue onwards though the younger girls have become distracted by the brilliance of spring. The girl at the far left appears to be chasing a butterfly, her enthusiasm drawing two of her peers. The child attendant in the foreground is similarly distracted by the blooming wildflowers. Rather than reprimanding the girls the courtesan looks back with a sense of affection that could well be out of touch with her general disposition. The screen is in its original format. Re-mounting will be necessary to account for the worm damage, which is particularly noticeable in the lower third of the far left hinge. Utilizing the existing paper to re-back these areas will achieve excellent results. The painted areas are in very good condition. Very light staining in the upper fields will reduce significantly with washing. Please contact me for further details. The screen stands 60 inches high and measures 124 inches across.

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