In the style of Gerardo Dottori

Taishō Futurist Kimono

First Quarter 20th Century

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A women's silk kimono with an abstracted pattern.

  • Originating in Italy, Futurism was enamored with speed and technology, youth and violence, fascism and the industrial city. The Futurists practiced in every artistic medium, and to some extent influenced Constructivism, Art Deco, Surrealism and Dada.
  • This kimono bears a Futurist interpretation of the rose, a popular motif during the Taisho Era—the rose being an exotic Western flower not cultivated in Japan at the time.
  • The designer of this kimono has abstracted the rose so completely in the futurist style that it is barely recognizable, and has a similar aesthetic to that of Italian Futurist artist Gerardo Dottori's painting Astral Rhythms from 1916, pictured here.
Exhibition

Modesto Art Museum, Modesto, California, March 19–April 27, 2014

“Modern Design, Traditional Forms,” Tanabe Gallery, Portland Oregon, December 2019-January 2020

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Good condition with gentle signs of handling and wear.

Materials
Silk
Period
Modern Style
Decorative Style
Asian Decorative Arts
Country of Origin
Japan
SKU

C46HT

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