Let’s highlight La japonaise au bain painted by James Tissot. The woman is wearing a « kosode » wore by warriors’ women only. James Tissot is the first french painter, to highlight the kimono.
Kimono is the first japanese object to be famous in Europe. Tissot, passionate about the women’s outfits, do not hesitate to put in the middle of his painting the kimono : he is a pioneer. The pictorial processing reveals the beauty of the kimono.
The kosode (special kimono) is trimmed with floral ornament such as chrysanthemum which is Japan’s symbole.
Representative of the « japonisme », Tissot paints the courtesan with a pale body but he breaks the rule: half naked, she is looking at us. Dont misunderstood : Tissot, probably, does not want the paint a geisha because her hair is not tied. The stare of the woman and her half-asian, half-european beauty and her floral crown seduce us. Tissot offers us his own japan’s vision.
You can find this work of art in Dijon, France at the musée des Beaux-Arts.
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