Kimono as Art by Itchiku Kubota

Ohn/Fuji and Burning Clouds by Itchiku Kubota (1991)

This past weekend we went to see Kimono as Art, The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota, a wonderful exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art. (The exhibit lasts until April 26.)

The inspiration for the exhibit was the sun as the artist observed it when he was taken prisoner and put in a Siberian prisoner-of-war camp during WWII. He depicted that sun on this kimono:


The centerpiece of the exhibit is Master Kubota's 30-piece landscape kimono panorama, called “Symphony of Light,” which depicts the changing of the seasons from autumn to winter. One silk kimono leads to another, a vast landscape that begins with the hot oranges and reds of burning leaves and ends with the cool frosts of winter. The 30 kimono are beautiful separately and together. Seperately, they are moments in nature- a beam of sunlight breaking through clouds, or fog rolling in- each rendered impressionistically. Together, they create a sanctuary of color.

Here are two kimono from "Symphony of Light":