Art on Tuesday: Misty Spring

Torii Kotondo 鳥居言人 (1900-1976) painted this Japanese woman in a typical way of the so-called 美人画 bijin-ga (picture of beautiful woman) in 1933. The young lady wears a purple kimono with simple outlines of flowers and diverse flower patterns on the obi. Contrast colors are to be seen on the inside of her dress and her headdress.  Cherry blossom leaves shaped as little hearts are falling like snow. You see her from the right side. She is looking at something or someone outside of the picture frame. Maybe she is dreaming of love.

This ukiyo-e reminds me of the Maiko in Spring by Kitano Tsunetomi 北野 恒富 (1880-1947) painted in 1931 presented in an older post as


Art on Tuesday: Maiko in Spring


This ukiyo-e shows a “Maiko in Spring”. The picture was made by 北野 恒富 Kitano Tsunetomi in 1931. He is a Japanese artist known for bijin-ga. What I like about the painting is the side face of the woman. The deep blue of the kimono and contrasting red collar. Her hair is done in a typical Maiko-style with flower ornaments.

Art on Tuesday: Chrysanthemum


This picture was painted by Kitano Tsunetomi 北野恒富 (1880- 1947). He was a  famous bijin-ga painter and print-maker. The chrysanthemum is a very popular kimono motif. The flower is the symbol of the Japanese emperor and his family and therefore it can be regarded as a more traditional pattern.