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Ukiyo-E Japonisme Geisha Paper Cubist Collage, Kimono, Mid-Century Mixed Media



Stunning midcentury collage, framed, geishas in the middle of a seemingly innocuous stroll / conversation on what seems like a very sunny day. Unsure of whether or not to indulge in the sunlight, the leader of the pack looks back to see what her colleagues have decided to do... Maybe she will enjoy some sunshine as well? Maybe her friends are planning to share a parasol and therefore she should keep hers up? A wonderful commentary on the powerful ease of the ukiyo-e scene which came to popularity in the Edo era (1700s Japan) and found world-wise fame in the second half of the 19th century in the West. The unabashed flatness and strong planes of color that make up the ukiyo-e composition served, according to many an artist and historian, as an important foundation for "Modernism" in a post-Industrial revolution, "modern" world. A lineage that might or might not find its beginnings in the early 19th century. splashes of color in the work of Delacroix, reborn x 10 with the artists that lived and worked with and after Manet and were deemed to be "Impressionists" (perhaps most importantly Mary Cassatt in this instance) and even more so, the troubled and generation of artists that would follow them, which included Gauguin and Van Gogh, among many others. So in the case this collaged image, a post-Cubist collage that constructs, through application of three-dimensional objects (pieces of paper, layered) an illusion of flatness to a surface so as to replicate the medium specific "flatness" of the "modern" image (but without the use of line or really any evidence of facture) is an exceedingly intelligent and forceful composition. A composition that is both "cutting" and celebratory to the many great ideas and notions of "modernity" that came before it while at the same time relieving the burden of this history from its viewer. It's the sort of self-aware, yet “fresh" experience that is at the heart of postmodernism. Don't miss this gem!


  • Dimensions
    Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm)Width: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
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  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4190313205481

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