Courtesan (after Eisen)1887
The deft line of the courtesan illustrates the care with which Van Gogh studied Japanese prints. He based this painting on a woodcut by Kesai Eisen, which was reproduced on the cover of Paris illustré in 1886. He used a grid to copy and enlarge the Japanese figure, giving her a colourful kimono and placing her against a bright yellow background. We can tell the woman is a courtesan by her intricate hair-style and the obi or belt she is wearing, which is tied at the front of her kimono rather than at the back. Read more...
- 100.7 cm x 60.7 cm
- Oil on canvas
- This photographic reproduction is in the public domain (Wikimedia Commons)
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