Art on Tuesday: Rainy Season

 

From the beginning of June to the middle of July it is rainy season  in Japan, it is called tsuyu 梅雨, literally meaning plum rain. Although it is not always comfortable to be outside, there are some nice paintings showing the rain from an artist’s perspective. Enjoy the rain!

From left to right:

Torii Kotondo 鳥居言人 (1900-1976): Rain, 1929.

Kawase Hasui 川瀬 巴水 (1883-1957): Rain in a Town, 1930.

Ohara Koson 小原 古邨 (1877-1945): Two Girls with Umbrella Caught in a Sudden Shower, 1930.

Art on Tuesday: Combing the Hair

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This beautiful ukiyo e is made by the Japanese painter Torii Kotondo (1900-1976). He is specialized in painting women, this was painted in 1933.

Look at the skillfully painted hair. One can see single strands of it. The different light brown to coal shades of the kimono pattern with Japanese flowers are very pleasing. What I like about the picture is the composition of the right top to left bottom axis: the colors change from deep blue to light almost transparent colors. The woman’s position is following that direction: with her hair combing gesture and her eye movements.