A Glimpse into the Past: Lively Paintings Done by Robert Frederick Blum



A series of paintings done by an American artist, Robert Frederick Blum, let us have a glimpse into the 19th century of Japan. 
Given a strong impression of Japanese culture at Centennial Exposition, Expo 1876 (Philadelphia), Blum took the opportunity afforded by the invitation to the third National Industrial Affair (Ueno, Tokyo) to take his first step on Japan in 1890. During the next three years, he kept drawing the Japanese sceneries, whose details give us an idea of how people at that time lived and behaved.

 

The "No" dance. The No, by the way, is a traditional form of Japanese dance but that it's more likely a drama. A no dancer, therefore, tell a story by performing the dance.












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