japonisme: what do these 5 paintings have in common?

28 November 2006

what do these 5 paintings have in common?

besides being all by whistler?...

the top print on the floor (above) is hiroshige's 'Cherry Island in Osumi Province,' from his 'Famous Views of the 60-odd Provinces' series,
done in the first half of the nineteenth century.
i didn't look for any of the other images,
but my guess is that they're probably from the same series.

the same black kimono!
in the last one, it's hanging on the wall!
i count three kimono (and yeah, that's the plural!):
black, peach, and white, and one red, one black, obi.

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Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

these are quite beautiful , and not what one would generaly think of when one mentions Whistler, except of course for the last piece ;)

28 November, 2006 18:42  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

yeah, it took a while for it to sink in to my brain as well. but whistler was one of the earliest and most influential of the western devotees of both the imports, and the principles behind them.

28 November, 2006 20:46  
Blogger Florence said...

also a Chinese gown too in the one with the porcelain.

I love how you've opened my eyes to this whole period.


29 November, 2006 06:57  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oh interesting--thanks florence.

and that's cool--i kind of feel like the same thing is happening for me, even though i've been aware of it for decades.

can you believe, i still remember something from high school: we had to write an essay on what this t s eliot line meant" "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

well, that how this is feeling for me.

29 November, 2006 10:06  

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