Pair of Edo Period Japanese Fan Paintings
Japan. A pair of two Japanese fan paintings dating to the Edo period (1603-1868). The first painting depicts a woman gesturing to a man seated on green tatami with three women watching from outside. The second painting depicts a man speaking to three other men seated around him by a river. A fabric screen gives them some privacy while a man and woman wait by the speaker's jinrikisha. Much of the surfaces on both paintings are covered in gold leaf. These paintings were not made into fans so there are no creases. Each painting is taped to brown mat board. These paintings are not framed and are not signed.
Both good to very good. First painting has a 1" closed tear to gold leaf at top left edge. Second painting has moderate pigment loss throughout the painting. Both paintings are on stiff paper with another layer of paper glued to the verso.
Dimensions : Each painting: w 20.5 in x h 10 in. During the Edo period virtually every artist in Japan produced fan paintings. Artists often used fan paintings to depict scenes from epic tales. Such fan paintings were often assembled as an entire story and placed on folding screens or in albums to enjoy. 1330642. Shelved Dupont Bookstore. (Inventory #: 1330642)