antique kimono, kimono painting

The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. selected this textile laden painting by George Hendrik Breitner to highlight their current exhibition, “Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard”. Running through May 6th, the show looks at the influence photography had on painters at the turn of the 20th century — in particular, seven painters who took photographs and also painted from them.”Girl in Red Kimono, Geesje Kwak” (shown cropped above) is deliciously rich with color, pattern, and cross-cultural juxtapositions: the European girl, the Japanese kimono, the ottoman carpet. The contrast of patterns speaks to the compositional power of textiles, both singularly and in combination.

Click here to see a cherry blossom kimono from the Metropolitan Museum’s collection.

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