Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was a brilliant photographer, painter, and print maker. He was born in Japan and then migrated to America in the early 1900’s. That is when he enrolled in the Los Angeles School of Art and Design and found his love for art. Then he moved to New York City to further his art career. His painting style had changed frequently over the years but he used a lot of techniques from the cubist style. His paintings included common objects and female circus performers which is quite odd yet very unique. Western painters paint about life and Japanese painters painted about ideas. Mr. Kuniyoshi was unique in the sense that he combined the western and eastern traditions. After looking at a few of his paintings these two were my favorites. I thought it was interesting that the body shapes of his figures were not stereo typically slender. Maybe that has to do with the time period he was in. I also really like the colors he had used. The hues are very warm which gives it a very comforting effect. Initially when I look at his work, I am confused, I am not sure why, but after really looking at all the details, I have grown to really like it. The faces are simple yet they give off a lot of emotion at the same time.

Strong Woman and Child




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