“How like a dream is this I see and hear: Love, lend me patience to forbear awhile.” What exactly do the two legged creatures Without wings think is going to happen? You can’t reap mangoes from a lemon tree. They sow cayenne and expect to reap Papayas, …it doesn’t work that way. Whatsoever you sow, […]
This is a landscape woodblock print by Hiroshige II 二代 広重 (1826-1869) called Chûzenji Lake in Shimozuke Province 下野中禅寺湖水 made in 1860. It is part of the series One hundred famous views of Japan 諸国名所百景. Lake Chûzenji is located in the Nikkô National Park, a popular tourist spot even today and a must see on […]
This ukiyo-e is part of the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji 富嶽三十六景. It is picture number eight: Mount Fuji seen from the Inume Pass in Kôshû 甲州犬目峠. The series is one of the best-known ukiyo-e collection by Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾 北斎 (1760-1849). Mount Fuji comes in brown lava color with snow on top. In […]
Ohara Koson 小原 古邨 (1877-1945) is known for his paintings of nature, mainly birds and flowers. This is a woodblock print of a lovely bluebird sitting on a branch of a magnolia tree in full bloom. I …
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This ukiyo-e by Kikuzawa Eizan 菊川 英山 (1787- 1867) shows a stylish Japanese girl in an orange-red kimono barefoot on wooden sandals. It is cold outside. The wind is blowing and she is holding her clothes with one hand, so you can see a little bit of her legs without stockings. She must freeze, her right hand is covered by her sleeve and with the other hand she is holding an umbrella. Unbelievable, but she shows no sign of discomfort.
Posted on October 13, 2015This ukiyo-e was made by Nakayama Shuko (b. 1876) around 1920. It is one of his so-called Shin ukiyo-e bijin awase, which is a collection of woodblock prints in a new style showing beautiful women. The title is October: Autumn Tints. This picture is very charming showing a Japanese woman contemplating. It shows a soft-focus effect on the face and hair-line. Her hair-dressing and clothes are in full color. The leaves belong to a maple tree. Orange maple leaves are a typical symbol of the Japanese autumn.