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Painting Laughter
  • Kojima Rōtetsu
    born: Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, Japan ; active: Japan
  • Painting Laughter, 1800s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ink, color on paper
  • Mount Dimensions: 112.4 x 79 cm
    Mount Dimensions: 44 1/4 x 31 1/8 in
  • Gift of Jay Gates, Director, Spencer Museum of Art, 1984–1987
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0601
Label Text

The painting depicts a monk surrounded by five people. They sit, stand, or kneel down to observe the monk render a single line of calligraphy. Showing various poses and gestures, chattering and laughing, they seem engaged by the monk’s writing performance. The figures are rendered in rough, swift strokes. A light orange color denotes faces, hands and legs.