standing woman in profile from PL, wearing a kimono with white skirt with purple and gold cloud forms, pink blouse with gold floral forms and blue shawl with blue and white flowers; purple headband; gold fan; plants in URQ

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Abe no Yasuna (Spring), Spring 1938

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This work refers to a kabuki dance about the 10th-century nobleman Abe no Yasuna. As a young man, Yasuna became engaged to Sakaki-no-mae, the beautiful daughter of the famous astronomer Kamo no Yasunori. Unfortunately the astronomer died and Sakaki-no-mae was driven to commit suicide by her cruel step-mother. Yasuna went mad with grief and, as in this painting, he began to wear Sakaki-no-mae's beautiful short-sleeved silk robe and a purple headband (a symbol for insanity), wandering aimlessly in the countryside during spring. Mentally mixing his past happiness with his present sorrow, he dreams that the robe is Sakaki-no-mae herself, but in the end he sadly realizes it is an illusion.

Exhibitions
  • Seven Masters

    Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Sunday, March 13, 2016
Details
Title
Abe no Yasuna (Spring)
Artist Life
1900 - 1976
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2014.36
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standing woman in profile from PL, wearing a kimono with white skirt with purple and gold cloud forms, pink blouse with gold floral forms and blue shawl with blue and white flowers; purple headband; gold fan; plants in URQ

© Torii Kotondo

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