The girl in the middle of the printing is surrounded by lots of butterflies, and the butterflies have similar color and pattern with the background. The background consists of a variation of colors and shapes.
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.
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crayon-manner engraving, printed in sanguine on heavy laid paper
This painting shows a woman and a boy sitting at a dining table that is set for a meal. The woman, on the right side of the composition, is shown in a profile view and is using a ladle to pour soup into a bowl. The boy, seated in a ladder back chair, is holding a spoon with his hands resting on the table. He is gazing at the soup bowl. Both figures have somber, quiet facial expressions. A table lamp, seen only partially on the far left of the painting, is the single source of light. So, the figures and the table top are brightly lit, but the rest of the setting is very dark. Items on the table such as the plate with melon, the milk bottle, the salt and pepper shakers and the tablecloth, are shown in realistic detail, much like a still- life painting.
A sketch of a man kneeling over an unknown object. The drawing is simple; there is a horizon line about two-thirds up from the bottom of the paper with a figure of a man kneeling - back towards the viewers - over an unidentified object. The man is wearing simple clothes and a hat, perhaps the clothes of a peasant or farmer, in which case the object could in fact be a piece of farming equipment.
A woman sits in an interior holding a book in her right arm, which is propped upon a ledge. She reads by the light of a torch held by a child standing next to her. Print trimmed to image frame. Image was previously folded at center (multiple folds). Paper size: lh 27 3/5cm & rh 27 4/5cm x tw 22 3/5cm bw 22 3/10cm.
Elegant Fresh Foods (Three Courtesans at a Drinking Party)
Three courtesans engaged in a drinking game sit in an open veranda in early spring, with cherry blossoms in full bloom behind them. The women appear tipsy, and the one at the right clings to her companion in the middle for support, as she stretches out her left hand to have her cup refilled with saké (rice wine). They have a tray of delicacies shamisen at their feet.
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mid 1800s - 1810s
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oban (large size) nishiki-e (full-color woodblock print) on paper
Shiva dances upon the back of a dwarf figure crouching on his stomach. This pose is not as typical as some of his other dancing postures. He dances on one leg extended straight down with the other straight up almost making a straight line. His torso and head are thrown back. He only has two hands, one holding a drum at his knee and the other a khatvanga, a club made of a bone with a skull at the top. He wears jewelry including a belt with pendent loops and tassels, necklaces including a heavy long necklace, armlets and bracelets and an elaborate crown organized with a number of peaks. On his forehead we find the third eye, another identifier of the god Shiva. A dense circular background consisting of three inner rows of round elements, the middle one may be composed of skulls, and an outer row of flame-like elements surrounds the whole figure, animating the image into a whirl of the dance. The whole sits on a circular base, plain with a flanged bottom section decorated with a lotus petal motif.
A couple is shown from the chest up. The woman wears a dark jacket with thin vertical stripes. The round collar of her blouse overlaps the lapel of the jacket. The man is to her left and has his right arm around her shoulder. He wears a long sleeve collared shirt.
This two-color woodcut in black and pale pink depicts a standing female figure against a black background in vertical format. The figure is shown bending over collecting grapes in the folds of her apron. Her skirt is decorated in a bird motif and her hair is windswept. The verso of this print contains an announcement for an exhibition at Weyhe Gallery in New York in March and April of 1951.
Paper size: h 33 3/5cm x tw 42 1/2cm & bw 42 3/10cm. Image size: h 22 7/10cm x w 31 2/5cm.
This lithograph is printed is tones of brown ink on cream colored paper. There is a large dappled horse standing in a stall with its left rear hoof raised. On the left, a man, standing with feet braced and muscular arms extended, uses tools to attach a shoe to the horse's hoof. Steam billows from the hot metal shoe. On the right, a man stands leaning against the stall and a small child reaches up toward the horse's head. The horse bends its head down toward the child. There is an English inscription below this scene that identifies the artist, title and publisher.
Three main figures (two men and the camel they are riding) are brought to the foreground because of the contrast between their light colors against the stark green hill. The hill dominates the background leaving only a little bit of blue sky visible in the top corners. Underneath the main figures a secondary white dog and rabbit are also prominent.
Stereoscope Image, Christmas Set: Untitled (girl in snow)
Stereo Classics Studio
This black and white stereoscopic card features two images of a little girl lying in the snow next to a basket. It is surrounded by the text: Christmas Set; Photo by Gurney; J. H. Goldsmid, Union Square, cor. 15th Street, New York.
Bust-length portrait of Marilyn Monroe positioned in front of a red background; Haring used a poster of the actress onto which he applied sumi ink in a series of outlines, marks and drips over the face, neck, chest and shoulders.
Bilvamangala series: Krishna Venerated by People and Animals (fol. no. 8)
India, Rajasthan, Mewar School
Ink, watercolor and gold on paper. Central figure, Vishnu with devotees on his right and left. Male figures are located on the left side of Vishnu and the female figures on the right. The animals are depicted on the lower half of the portrait which goes with traditional hierarchical beliefs. The tiger is on the left and the elephant on the right.
Four teenage boys seated in a convertible, one without a shirt, two seated on the top. Outside of the car, a nude child is running alongside. The hood of the car is raised and there are trees in the background.