Woman Waiting for the Moon to Rise

Uemura Shōen1944

Adachi Museum of Art

Adachi Museum of Art
Yasugi, Shimane, Japan

This young married woman, leaning on the banister, is waiting on the moon. Her beautiful hair contrasts her white skin perfectly. The red “naga-juban” (underwear for a kimono) can be seen through the thin kimono. Shoen’s depiction of the woman’s neck and fine skin is outstanding. Her ability appeals to all viewers. The woman’s facial expression, and the large cut sky, give depth and make this painting into a delicate and noble work. This particular piece was painted during WWII and as a result it is said to capture Shoen’s feelings of that time. The thought of peace in the authors head, expressed through this young woman, can be immediately imagined.


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