His watercolors exhibit European life in the early 20th century, imagine how incredible it must have been to experience both eastern and western cultures at that time! Simply put, I find these light and foggy watercolor paintings delightful and since I don’t have $100+ to spend on a book of his art, these images will have to suffice. I wonder if more galleries and museums will start showing his work due to the growing popularity of this period in current pop culture? Want to know more? Read an short biographical article about the artist's childhood in Japan here. If you know of other similar artists please share with me, I'd love to know!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
As I previously mentioned, the show Downton Abbey takes place during one of my favorite historical periods. Lately, it’s sparked a little revival, time for me to dust off a few old art history books and go through numerous google searches in a desperate need to indulge into more turn of the century novelties during the interim periods between episodes. Despite having studied my fair share of art history at university I'd never heard of the Japanese artist Yoshio Markino until happily stumbling on his colorful, soft paintings in the book Edwardian London Through Japanese Eyes. Stunning!