Art on Tuesday: Bijin-ga



This ukiyo-e was painted by the female artist Uemura Shôen 上村松園 in her typical style of painting mainly beautiful women (bijin-ga). It is very balanced. The woman wears a splendid headgear with an elegant kimono, richly decorated with flowers. In the background are branches with maple leaves. I am not sure about the title: in Japanese it is 清韻, which sounds like a name. Does anyone know it?

4 thoughts on “Art on Tuesday: Bijin-ga

  1. Thanks for a lovely selection! I don’t read kanji so I cannot comment on the title.

    Per Wikipedia, Uemara was a trailblazer in many respects. Another, earlier one was the daughter of Hokusai. A historical novel called The Printmaker’s Daughter by Katherine Govier is an engaging and informative read for anyone interested in Japan, ukiyo-e, and/or women’s issues. The book has an afterword with some useful art history, etc in it as well. I recommend it highly.


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