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Uemura Shoen



Uemura Shoen (1875–1949) is considered a master and great innovator in the ‘bijin-ga’ genre (paintings of beautiful women), but at the same time she frequently used it to depict the traditional beauty standards of women. She is respected today for her part in the struggle for women’s rights in Japan and her achievements as an accomplished artist, not just a female artist. Despite shifts in artistic style and materials in Japan due to Western influence in her time, Shoen continued to use traditional mineral pigments to paint Japanese-style themes. Besides scenes of domestic pursuits and tender or introspective moments, a large portion of her work shows women outdoors in their finery.

The official catalogue of the major retrospective exhibition of Uemura Shoen,

provides a complete picture of the greatest female painter of the modern era
From her earliest works,  which are overwhelmingly popular, as well as [Sei Shonagon], which was exhibited for the first time, and [Early Summer Evening], which is the most important work by the artist. In 1948, she became the first woman to be awarded the Order of Cultural Merit

216 pages |  ills color | 19 x 26 cm

 language : Japanese only – Prologue in Englis

publisher Seigensha

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