Description With a delicate willow tree as a framing device, the artist focuses solely upon his subjects. The two women, carefully balanced, one standing, elongated and sinuous, and her companion, more solidly grounded in her vibrant purple robe, intently focus on the beautiful flower blooming in the garden. This is an image of elegance, both in terms of the women's fashions and the carefully arranged landscape. The poem at the top reads, "Beautiful face like a hibiscus, eyebrow like a willow leaf."
Provenance C. Robert Snell, Oriental Arts & Antiques, Timonium, Maryland; purchased by Justine Lewis Keidel, Owings Mills, Maryland, after 1971; given to Walters Art Museum, 1991.
Inscriptions [Poem] Fuyo no yona kao, yanagi no yona mayu; [Signature] Shuntei; [Translation] Beautiful face like an hibiscus, eyebrow like a willow leaf
Credit Gift of Justine Lewis Keidel, 1991
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