I am going to confess something here, something i have not told anyone, in 1985 whilst still in highschool i took something that wasn’t mine, my english room had a poster stuck to the wall, this poster was a print by the some Japanese artist, the poster and the artist i am still trying to track down, as it disintegrated a long time ago. In class i would drift off staring at it whilst ignoring the Robert Frost poetry and various book readings we were supposed to engage in, though my like for poetry and reading has changed considerably since then, though my love for Japanese art has not.
Young girl washing Colour woodcut, 1917 by Ito Shinsui.
This poster was so possessing me that i had to possess it myself and so I took steps to acquire it, all i will say is that it soon had pride of place in my bed room, the wonderful, but humble geisha now looked across my room all the time and not just for fifty minutes a day during English class. Japanese art is a testament to great discipline and thoughtful expression, a reflection of cultural attitudes and patience. Below are an assortment of such work, can you dig it? However i am stil searching for my geisha, when i find her again i will post her here, just don’t tell my wife about her :).
Washing the Hair By Ito SHINSUI ( 1898 – 1972 )
Kada hone o kezurite Kanwu ga yaziko o ryōji
By Utagawa, Kuniyoshi 1798-1861
The priest Nichiren having his prayers for rain answered By Ichiyusai KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)