Gyokudô painted this work the year after he was evacuated to Ôme. Focusing the composition into just a single trimmed corner of a field, he then stepped back into a bird's eye view. Leaving the ground color on the fields, he used spreading ink and puddled verdigris on the paths between the fields, while turning to the traditional horinuri technique of leaving the outlines exposed in the women's garments. As well as these traditional touches, the circles in the water around the feet and hands of the young women planting rice seedlings and the gentle waves on the water near the pathways reveal a realism drawn from life sketches of such scenes. This rustic farm scene has a calmness that belies the fact it was painted in the midst of wartime.


  • Title: Young Ladies Planting Rice
  • Creator Lifespan: 1873 - 1957
  • Creator Nationality: Japan
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 1945
  • Location Created: Oume, Japan
  • 材質・技法(日本語): 絹本・彩色・軸(1幅)
  • 作家名(日本語): 川合玉堂
  • 作品名(日本語): 早乙女
  • Physical Dimensions: w873 x h635 mm
  • Painter: Kawai Gyokudō
  • Type: Nihonga (Modern Japanese Paintings)
  • Rights: Yamatane Museum of Art, Japan, © Yamatane Museum of Art, 2013
  • Medium: Color on Silk

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