Isoda Koryūsai , (Japanese, 1735-1790)
Color and gold on silk
W: 67.8 cm
Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1902.39
In these paintings, perhaps once part of a larger four-painting ensemble, Koryusai reveals himself to be a master of atmospheric evocation. His mature style, notable in the skillful depiction of worldly and sometimes churlish women, departs from the innocent beauties of the Harunobu style. The representation of the moods of the two women seen here is elaborated by the surrounding context of nature. The woman in this winter scene is bundled and pensive, a sense reinforced by the soft, steady, and all-pervasive snow.
See F1902.38 for Koryusai's Beauties of the SeasonSummer