Ryou/ Certitude

The artist offers homage to nature in this gorgeously rendered depiction of a landscape edging toward winter. The cascades of delicately drawn and shaded flowers and leaves are a tribute to the ancient art form of tsujigahana that so inspired Kubota.

As we move inland, away from the quiet tranquility of the seas, the mountains gain more prominence in the imaginary landscape we see in Ryou/ Certitude. Here they soar high, with one majestic peak too tall to be encompassed within the confines of available space. Kubota’s artistic brilliance is strongly evident in this scene as he segues from autumn landscapes brilliant with colour to one slowly edging toward winter. He has capped some trees with gold embroidery that softly dims their autumnal vibrancy, and his delicately rendered ink drawings capture the melancholy state of trees that are losing their leaves.

Number in the collection: 7
Series: Individual Work
Dimensions: 198 x 139 cm
Technique: Tie-dyeing, ink painting and embroidery on silk crepe (chirimen) with gold wefts
Kimono type: Kosode (short sleeve)
Catalogue reference: 70
Created by: Itchiku Kubota
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