Art on Tuesday: Makeup

Kobayakawa Kiyoshi 小早 川清 (1897-1948) painted this Japanese woman.  The Japanese artist produced several pictures of women in daily situations. This one shows a woman applying her makeup. It is a very beautiful and graceful scene. The woodblock print is the second of his ukiyo-e series called: Fashions of the Modern World. Makeup. 近代時世粧ノ内  二 化粧 . As written in the subtitle of the picture. 

Source: Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

Art on Tuesday: Revue

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Revue by Kobayakawa Kiyoshi (1986-1948), painted in 1932. Kobayakawa is known for his paintings of modern Japanese women. This girl is dancing in a red kimono, which is slightly transparent, so that you can see her arms and the left leg. Her haircut is typical for the 1930’s. Her dance is charming, though shaky. She is barefoot. Her face expression is serious, maybe she is watching something or someone outside of the picture. Maybe she is just thinking about her moves.