Woman in a Japanese Costume
Robert Frederick Blum
This drawing combines two of Robert Blum’s artistic interests: Japanese culture and the pastel medium. Like many American and European artists of the late nineteenth century, he incorporated the motifs and aesthetic principles of Japanese art in his work—a phenomenon known as japonisme. Here he captured the intricate folds and patterns of the model’s kimono with soft, feathery strokes of pastel. One contemporary critic compared the sensuous surfaces of Blum’s pastels to “the down on the peach.”
Pastel on thick paper with a mauve/gray textured ground, mounted to paperboard and attached to a wooden strainer
28 5/16 x 22 3/8 in. (71.9 x 56.8 cm)
frame: 31 1/4 × 25 1/4 × 2 3/8 in. (79.4 × 64.1 × 6 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Henrietta Haller
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Robert Frederick Blum (American, 1857-1903). Woman in a Japanese Costume, ca. 1890-1892. Pastel on thick paper with a mauve/gray textured ground, mounted to paperboard and attached to a wooden strainer, 28 5/16 x 22 3/8 in. (71.9 x 56.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Henrietta Haller, 11.525 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 11.525_PS2.jpg)
overall, 11.525_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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