- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st edition (November 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500976856
- ISBN-13: 978-0500976852
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 12.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kimono as Art Hardcover – November 27, 2008
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So when I idly googled Kubota again this fall and found out that a new exhibit had prompted a new book, a summary of his life's work, I was thrilled. Kimono as Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota is mine, all mine, and the work is just as beautiful as I remembered!
Kubota's magnum opus consisted of two phases: first, he spent 20 years refining a technique inspired by sixteenth-century dyed silk. Then he set about creating a series of landscapes representing subtle variations of the seasons and even times of day--he called it Symphony of Light.
This book shows each kimono both as a whole and in close-up. It also tells Itchuku Kubota's story, one which has the air of a fairy tale about it: the hero's quest. It's not always easy to grasp the powerful sense of being driven that can be an artist's companion in life, or the effort involved in creating, not just one work, but a lifetime's worth of work, especially when much of that work is truly a single work consisting of many linked pieces. There's a silken beauty to the life, the individual work, and the conjoined life's work, each a thing of light and shadow that can speak to those who are willing to see.
I am so very pleased to own this book!
I bought this volume sight unseen as a gift for my 90 year old mom who lived in and fell in love with Japan in 1946 and 47. I will have a hard time parting with it.... the quality of the photography does justice to the phenomenal art and vision in Kubota's artwork.