Miyatake Gaikotsu and his Puzzling PostcardsNovember 4, 2020
At the beginning of the 20th century, when Japan started embracing the West and rapid industrialization of almost all aspects of life, Miyatake Gaikotsu (funnily enough, gaikotsu means ‘skull/skeleton’ in Japanese) was the one who questioned and interpreted...
Wild, Practical, Erotic and Magical: The Miniature World of NetsukeOctober 29, 2020
Originating in 17th century Japan during the Edo Period, Netsuke (pronounced nets-keh) are toggles that attach pouches to the traditional robes, kimonos. Men’s kimonos had no pockets (the women’s version had large sleeves to carry and contain items),...
Kiyohara Yukinobu: Sublime Female Painter of the Kano SchoolOctober 24, 2020
Not many of us have heard of Kiyohara Yukinobu, but we probably should have. She was a Japanese painter in the early Edo period (1603-1868) and one of the most talented artists of the Kano school. The Tale...
All You Must Know About Japanese Erotic Art, Shunga (18+)October 2, 2020
Ukiyo-e pictures, pictures of the “floating world” are famous among everyone interested in art history. Everyone knows Hokusai’s The Great Wave of Kanagawa. Ukiyo-e also became very popular among artists from the second half of the 19th century. With their...
Tōkyō Thrift – Japonisme and the Japanese BauhausSeptember 30, 2020
The historical narrative of Modernism is overwhelmingly western. However, the history of the movement is, in reality, one of constant diffusion between the East and West; between Europe and Japan. It is an area of study that has...
Autumn Moon in Japanese Woodblock PrintsSeptember 25, 2020
Does anyone here live by the water? If you do you will probably confirm that the first autumnal evenings have something transcendental in them, when the moon reflects on the water and the air is so chilly… These...
Painting of the Week: Kikukawa Eizan, The Courtesan Hinaaya of the Chōji HouseMay 24, 2020
Vincent and Theo van Gogh, the close-knit brothers, extensively collected Japanese Ukiyo-e prints. Van Gogh had already bought a few in Antwerp before arriving in Paris. However, by the mid 19th century, Paris had already been swept by...
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