Geisha Girl
© Estate of George Henry

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Geisha Girl 1894

On Display Scottish National Gallery

  • Scottish Art
The rich surface patterns and sparkling appearance of the beautiful geisha girl illustrate Henry's deft brushwork. Her elaborately dressed hair, embroidered kimono and fan, seen against a patterned screen and stylized representation of Mount Fuji, contribute to the painting's decorative character. Interest in such themes was stimulated in Glasgow by an exhibition of Oriental art held in the city in 1882. Unfortunately, many of Henry's canvases painted during his visit to Japan, financed by the shipping magnate William Burrell and the picture dealer Alexander Reid, were ruined on the return voyage. However, his experiences inspired a number of fine paintings, such as this one.

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To represent something in accordance with artistic convention rather than its actual appearance.

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Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2583
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 53.30 x 32.80 cm (Framed: 78.10 x 57.90 x 11.00 cm)
  • Credit Bequest of Alexander Esmé Gordon 1993