Loading

On a Prayer Visit/Spring Day

Ikeda Shōen

Fukuda Art Museum

Fukuda Art Museum
Kyoto, Japan

The right panel, On a Prayer Visit(Mono Mōde), was missing for 114 years and then rediscovered. The girl under the umbrella is on her way to express gratitude for growing into a healthy young woman . Dressed for the occasion with her hair arranged in a Shimada topknot, decorated with elaborately crafted hair ornaments and combs, she also has a thick layer of expensive red color on her lower lip. Having led a sheltered life, this is the first time for her to venture out on a ‘pilgrimage’ with a companion. Nervous and anxious, she has a tight grasp on the hand of her servant, who continues to shelter her with the umbrella. Her gorgeously patterned furisode kimono seems still to be a little large for her slender body. Her innocence is emphasized by the way she wears the sleeves gathered up at the shoulders. A masterpiece of Shōen’s early career, this work beautifully depicts an adorable girl on the threshold of adulthood . At the inaugural Bunten Exhibition in 1907, it was awarded the third prize.

Details

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Flash this QR Code to get the app
Google apps