Courtesan Playing the SamisenCourtesan Playing the Samisen
Japanese (active c. 1764–1788)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Hanging scroll; ink and gold on silk
15 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (39.4 x 49.5 cm)
This painting is a late masterwork by Isoda Koryusai, who was an important and prolific ukiyo-e painter and printmaker in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, a time when Koryusai and other artists showed a keen fascination with the natural world.