Oiran (Grand Courtesan) by Takahashi Yuichi

Oiran (Grand Courtesan) by Takahashi Yuichi from 1872.

This is an early oil painting from the Meiji period in Japan and is significant because it shows one of the early adaptations of oil paint by a Japanese artist. Represented here this Grand Courtesan is painted in the European portrait manner which diverted from the classic ukiyo-e ‘idealized’ manner, but still wearing classic Japanese attire.

It is interesting to note is that although Takahashi took initiative to develop the first fine art magazine in Japan, and was critical in the development of the modern painting there, he died relatively unknown in Japan.

Oiran (Grand Courtesan) by Takahashi Yuichi

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