japonisme: on the other hand....

27 October 2006

on the other hand....

i just never noticed how often bijin (beautiful women)
are pictured in that same pose!

Kunisada II, Utagawa (1823 - 1880)
'cherry blossoms at okayama asakusa'



Anonymous Lauren said...

I just have to say again that your site is excellent. Lots of interesting information is really hard to find elsewhere, and here it's all in one place.
I really love all of the cross cultural comparisons. I was looking at Impressionist painters today, and I was wondering if you know of any works by Japanese artists that compare to Degas' paintings of ballerinas, Mary Cassatt's "Woman With A Pearl Necklace In A Loge", or Renoir’s “Dance at Bougival”? I would love to know. Thank you for the great website.

28 October, 2006 02:41  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thanks lauren--it's neat to know that others can find this stuff as fascinating as i do!

in addition to the extensive response i gave to your questions above, i was also thinking about the fact that you just so happened to select images that were, at that time, strictly western artforms, more or less. i mean, while of course there is kabuki, i can find no images of members of the audience, other than occasional small groups--audience just doesn't seem to be a focus.

that kind of couples dancing wasn't done, and i can't find dancers limbering up, though surely they must have! i'm going to keep looking for that!

28 October, 2006 20:37  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Thank you so much. I love dancing, so I love the sketches you found!

29 October, 2006 10:51  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i'm glad you liked it, lauren, but i
'm not satisfied with it and am still researching, preparing another post. :^)

29 October, 2006 11:34  

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