japonisme: La plus ca change, la plus c'est la meme choses.

06 June 2007

La plus ca change, la plus c'est la meme choses.

so while western women continued their affair with the kimono,

some women from japan adopted western-style dress.

it has been sug- gested, however, that this change was not so much an embrace of western ways as the west was embracing some of theirs, but a sign to the west that they were up to date, and must be negotiated with as equals.

[it is said of the dress, using google's translator: "The large formal outfit was worn the occasion where from Meiji era it is New Year worshiping celebration and the like with the court clothes of the Showa game previous term. The collar opening is large, only the sleeve the train (pulls in the dress of the short sleeve and the hem) the fact that you attach is the feature."]

vuillard's mother, with whom he lived until she died at the age of 60, was a corsetmaker and seamstress. many of his paintings feature women dressmaking, or simply sewing, often to create a mood of serenity.

as it turns out, really only a small minority of japanese women dressed in western clothes, and even they, not counting the empress, returned to the kimono in short shrift, to the gratitude of the japanese men.

in the west, the tradition never ended.


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Blogger harlequinpan said...

Sorry! Lotusgreen, i did not expect it's such a long time before . and i really forgotten to response .i'm so sorry! This reminds me i should be back to check the Post and comments.

Yes, i am an architect, and i also have some interior design case. in my blog ,almost all of the paintings is my works,just a very few are after some Master's works (such as Modigliani)as a practice, or well-known pictures as an affixed in my diary which used for comparison with my sketches. These paintings i paint just for fun ,purely relieved for daily busy works.

07 June, 2007 11:59  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

well, you don't have so many entries every month, and it is rewarding to go through your archives because you have so many different styles!

thank you for sharing your "just for fun"!

08 June, 2007 08:36  
Blogger harlequinpan said...

Thank you for your precise advice , i will keep it in mind and do my best.

Haha! i said "just for fun" just joking, as compared with my busy and tiring work, painting is a fun,my bad English get into trouble? Sorry about that.In fact, my Art attitude is very serious, although i was not painting for a living, but i try to paint in anytime and anyplace,and as a record in my diary EVERYDAY,

For the Art, For BLOGGER, i am just a newborn baby, i do not anticipate with what specific style, maybe 10 years later or more, my style will emerge!? who knows.

i like the William Merritt Chase's painting at the upper-right corner, i will keep it in my diary, i think Edwin Murray Mackay has a similar painting named "A Japanese Print", is a masterpiece.

08 June, 2007 22:17  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i wonder if you, like hiroshige, would only paint if you didn't have a family, or didn't need to earn a living.

i was able to find the mackay, only in black and white. do you have a version in color?

09 June, 2007 01:58  
Blogger harlequinpan said...

i don't have color version, only black and white.i checked with ARC, no information about Edwin Murray Mackay ,it's unbelievable. however, i found some of William Merritt Chase's painting about kimono , maybe you will like it. here

09 June, 2007 10:43  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i had seen that one of his, but WOW what a great resource! i now know what i'm doing this weekend ;^)

i must have come across it before but forgot! so thank you very much for that! there were so many of his just on the two pages i looked at that i hadn't seen before that it was very exciting

09 June, 2007 20:40  
Blogger harlequinpan said...

i am very happy you like these, i got some confidence to next interesting information.

Normally, i just simply enjoy these paintings, but i found through your texts and comments i learned a lot. looking forward to your enlightening. it's me should say Thank you.

10 June, 2007 11:16  

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