This watercolor depicts a group of three children, three adult females, two adult males, and one small dog. An adult male plays a string instrument on the far left side, and an adult female sits on the lower right side; the rest stand. All the figures wear vividly colored clothes.
This kabuki actor is in intricate and colorful costume, wearing a helmet with a strap that comes across the front of his chin. His eyes face two different directions, and he holds a metal weapon or staff.
Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Motome wears his hair in a top know with ornament. His eyes look upwards and his thin, red-lipped mouth lies open to reveal his teeth. He wears a blueish purple kimono with floral designs. Cartouches of text lie in the upper to corners and far left.
This crayon-manner engraving printed in sanguine depicts a grouping of figures arranged in a celestial space and positioned against clouds. A large female figure draped in cloth dominates the upper portion of the composition. She holds a set of scales in her left hand. Two female figures, one clothed, one nude, gather below at this figure’s sandaled feet in the center left of the composition. The clothed figure holds a palette and paintbrushes while the nude figure holds a mallet and a sculpted portrait of a man’s face. At the bottom right three male figures, one of whom wrestles a snake, appear to be attacking the female figure holding the palette. A clothed figure donning a helmet protects the figure holding the scales in the upper right.
Medium and Support
crayon-manner engraving, printed in sanguine on heavy laid paper
Ink drawing on paper. Black wash ground, with two figures drawn in opaque black ink. A comic figure who is shirtless and in boxers, with his beer belly hanging out, and whose pointy rimmed hat is reminiscent of the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, dances at the center of an ominous scene. His right leg has been kicked through a television set that he holds with his right hand. Scissors fall from his left hand towards what looks like a two-slot toaster. A black, horned beast lurks in the background, holding a phone overhead that has two earpieces, but no cradle. The scene is possibly set in a graveyard; the edifice silhouetting behind the scarecrow figure is shaped like a headstone.
In this image of bamboo bent under heavy snow the leaves are depicted with vigorous yet controlled strokes of the brush, while the snow is indicated by surrounding areas of blank paper with dark ink, a traditional technique in monochrome ink painting.
Becquet, one of the "Sixteen Etchings," or the "Thames Set"
James McNeill Whistler
A man with and a moustache and scraggly hair visible under a cap sits facing the viewer, a cello cradled between his arms. The lower portion of both the figure and the musical instrument are only summarily indicated; the background consists of passages of rapidly drawn parallel lines.
Blue-and-white brush holder with human figures and pine tree
Artist Unknown Hirado ware, Japan
A hexagonal container of white porcelain. Each of six rectangular panels has delicate rendering of figures or plants with blue underglaze. On one panel there is a male figure dancing and playing a drum. On another panel, dancing male figure appears as well. Next to the drumming figure, a pine tree is drawn.
Painting of landscape scene with blue sky and green field. Mountains and three houses in background in the upper-left quadrant. Grove with orange trees in center. Two men fishing along the banks of a stream in the lower right foreground.
The figure is kneeling musician on lotus seat, made of separately carved petals. Below the seat, there is a base, which consists of two lotus-shaped half-sphere, connected up-side-down. The head has two buns, elongated ears, simplified facial parts; the figure wears a pink robe with wide sleeves, holding a sort of instrument with hands.
A selenium-toned photograph of a nude in a dance pose. The female dancer is posed with an arched back and her arms extended, one knee is brought up as if in an exaggerated step motion. Her head is tilted back with her face covered and hair hanging down. A light source to her right casts a shadow of her body onto a white background.
An explosion of colorful forms suggests the human form in dynamic movement. Yellows and reds predominate in shapes that draw the eye toward the viewer's upper right where three roughy triangular yellow shapes suggest a head and upraised arms.
7-sided frame made of reclaimed wood moulding and slats nailed together and backed with strips of green felt, possibly from a pool table. Gold wire traces the wood frame, and is accented with a fuzz ball or googly eye at each corner. A toy car is placed on the gold wire “track” at bottom center; car racing flag stickers attached to the frame in a couple places. Three pieces of thread are strung horizontally across the frame, a “spider web” attached to top two lines with puffy paint. A wood (?) cutout of a smiling joker mouth hung from web by wire.
Artist Life Dates
(1951 - )
Object Creation Date
Medium and Support
mixed media consruction, paint, wood, wire, toy car
A man and a woman amble down the street under a crescent moon. The woman plays a stringed instrument, and a woman on a balcony above leans out to listen. Two small dogs in the street appear to howl up at the moon, perhaps joining in the chorus.
Print featuring a stage with a figure of a man with his feet touching his head while doing a handstand on a small table flanked by two chairs. His large shadow is cast on the wall behind him. The head and hands of a conductor are visible in the lower right.
Hirado ware blue-and-white water covered jar with design of Chinese sages
Artist Unknown Hirado ware, Japan
This white porcelain jar has the design of six Chinese sages and an attendant boy with blue underglaze in delicate brushwork. One sage is reading a book, while another is listening. The attendant boy is standing next to the sage with a book. Other four sages are looking at a long hand scroll. Some sages hold staffs on their hands. One sage has a string instrument. The jar has a broad shoulder and an inverted mouth, where the lid is placed. The knob of the lid is in a shape of a reclining boy (unpainted), surrounded by books, hanging scrolls, a cane, and a fan, which are painted with blue underglaze. It also has a shallow foot.
Portrait of a man with his head resting on his hand showing only his right eye, cheek, forehead, hand and a bit of his shirt cuff with a curving unidentifiable vertical form to the right obscuring the sitter’s face.
Kalpasutra manuscript, leaf: The Courtesan Kosha and the King's Charioteer (fol. no. 102v)
Artist Unknown, India, Gujarat
Alongside a block of calligraphic text a red rectable sets off an illustrative space. In the bottom right corner of the illustration a woman dances, and on the left a larger figure pulls an arrow taught in a bow.
La Danse au Cabaret (Villagers Merrymaking at an Inn)
Adriaen Jansz van Ostade
This print portrays a lively interior scene in the 17th century Dutch Republic. There are many figures around the large room, including men, women, and children. At the far right a man tries to embrace a resisting woman. Beside them, a man and a woman dance while a fiddler plays and others look on. On the left, a woman tends to a child as behind her a couple descend a wooden stairway from an upper floor. There are items such as cured meat, a lantern, a chair and laundry, hanging around this room.
Mahâbhârata manuscript page: The birth of the Kauravas
Artist Unknown, India, Gujarat
A scene takes place in a red box, lined with black and red diamond and triangle designs for borders. In the center, a woman sites with a child in her lap. She wears a spotted dress, her hair up, and a nose ring and bindi. The child reaches one hand and places it atop her head, and the other down towards her own upward hands. Surrounding them are seven other figures. One kneels before them, offering his hands up, and another fans the woman from behind. The remaining five figures seem to play together in front of the throne on which the woman and child sit.
An masked Noh actor dressed as Empress Jingû is holds a catch of a river trout on a pole. The actor wears a brocade kimono with a floral scroll design, tucked into a stiffly starched pair of brocade trousers. His cloak is a green gauze silk with woven gold phoenix designs.
The branches of a plum tree stretch skyward, skillfully utilizing the vertical space of this hanging scroll. Black dots are used as accents along the branches, making them look knotted and full of texture. These heavy features are offset by the delicate depiction of plum blossoms. Calligraphic text is in the upper right corner, with two seals.