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Japanese Antique Comic Picture, A dancing bijin (beautiful woman). Circa 18th century. This painting may be a sketch by the artist. There are some inscriptions seen indicating what colors to be used for her clothing. Signed artist name Okyo.

The piece has been restored sometime in the past, suggesting it has been well respected. (The corner section of the painting shows the marks of restoration. It is not stain.) There is also some marks present on the painting itself. There is some light damages on the corners of the wooden frame due to age, otherwise the piece is in fine condition.

Maruyama Okyo (1733 –1795) was the most influential artist during the late Edo period, late 18th century in Japan. He was a founder of Maruyama school. Okyo studied Chinese, Japanese and Western paintings and created his own painting style such as mergence of decorative style of Kano school and tranquil version of Western naturalism. During his career he painted for wealthy merchants, the shogunate, even the emperor. His artworks are collected at a number of art museums and art galleries.

Painting: 11 1/2” x 20 1/2” (29.0cm x 52.0cm)
Frame: 19” x 24 7/8” (48.0cm x 63.0cm)

Antique Japanese Art Painting Comic Picture, Bijin-ga Beautiful Woman by Okyo - 110730