Kimono
Silk; cotton lining
Stenciled warps and wefts

After World War II, the American government played an active role in bringing American culture to Japan. This kimono shows the influence of the American abstract expressionist movement.

In Japan, many art exhibitions were (and still are) held at department stores, which also sold kimonos.

The department stores would have been perfect venues for offering kimonos that echoed the styles of the paintings on display.

Compare the kimono to this painting, probably from the same period (1950s), by Franz Kline.

And this painting date 1957 by Joan Mitchell.

In the kimono, the size and complexity of the design has to be simplified, and the design is repeated in the interests of economy, but despite the imposed limitations, the kimono has a great feeling of edginess and novelty.

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