Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bijin Tossing a Fan

The example in this post is another elegant Bijin. Like most Gekko Bijin there is movement and life, no stilted figures here. I have posted a composite photo of the whole painting, a close up section and the seal which reads simply Gekko. It is an interesting painting because it makes great use of space, most of the kimino is not filled with color but the sense of the kimino is supplied by the outlined space. What color there is conveys a sense of real elegance further enhanced by the body position and the concentration seen in the face.

This particular painting is rather toned, that is to say the paper has been browned by age but the overall effect is very nice in any case.