Artist: Kotondo Torii (1900-1976)
Title: Hair Combing from the serie of “Twelve Aspects of Women”
This kind of depiction (woman combing her hair) is very common in Japanese art. With the second half on the 19th century, we start to see European painters influenced heavily by Japanese art, must be a side effect of Japan’s newly opened borders (by Americans’ force of course, remember Matthew C. Perry) after hundreds of years of isolation. You can trace this fashion clearly from some of Van Gogh’s paintings. We also see the same thing what Ingres did with his Orientalist women; Japanese women began to occupy the center of these paintings as exotic objects (I have reaaa-ally nice examples however I will keep them for another post). Whatever, I’m babbling again… So, in the end the theme of woman combing her hair became very popular among Western painters, look at Degas’ serie of bathing women to clearly get the idea.
About the blog:
Well, I’m not sure what to write as an opening post about this new blog of mine but I will try to describe it briefly and explain the content:
Lately, I realized that I am obsessed with depictions of feminity in plastic arts. Not talking about paintings or photographs with detailed backgrounds but simple portraits, putting the emphasis only on the woman. Because the number of (digital) portraits in my collection is increasing day by day, I finally decided to open a blog where I can keep my precious pictures and also share them with people.