Mitsumasa (20th century)
Beauty Drinking Sake
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk; signed Mitsumasa with artist's seal Mitsumasa, Showa Period, ca. 1930-50
painting 46 7/8 by 14 in., 119 by 35.5 cm
overall 78 3/8 by 18 3/4 in., 199 by 47.5 cm
A beauty bundled up in multiple layers of clothing warms herself at a kotatsu (heated table) draped with a heavy blanket decorated with a plum blossom pattern. She is seated beneath a framed image of the iconic woodblock print portrait of the actor Ichikawa Danjuro VI (1778-1799) in the role of Shinsuke by Utagawa Kunimasa (1773-1810) published by Uemura Yohei in 1796.