"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Saturday, February 5, 2022


This 1915 wooden statue of Arayori (A Peasant Woman) by Yoshida Homei stands in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore Maryland. 
Like many of their contemporaries, William and Henry Walters were intrigued by the precise and intricate workmanship found in East Asian decorative arts. 
Henry Walters expanded on his father's interest by collecting contemporary Japanese artists' works, which emerged as that country modernized at the beginning of the 20th century. He acquired this sculpture in 1915, when he traveled west to visit the Panama-Pacific Exposition, a World's Fair held in San Francisco. The Tokyo-based artist Yoshida Homei was awarded one of two gold medals for sculpture by the Japanese pavilion's organizing committee. The sculptor's work reveals an idealizing nostalgia for rural life following a period of rapid modernization and aggressive international engagement by his home country. -- The Walters.
Yoshida Homei
(from the Museum Label)

Henry Walters' monogram on the label marks this as a work he collected.


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