Bijinga" was a popular genre of Ukiyoe. Even though the women depicted in these paintings are different from one another, they all share common characteristics.
In addition, the faces depicted in bijinga have changed dramatically over time. Ikenaga Yasuaki, a leading contemporary bijinga painter, paints contemporary beauties, but says that the "teardrop" is a modern invention. This shows the change in the standard and sense of beauty due to the change in culture and environment.
In this exhibition, ukiyoe bijinga paintings and Yuka Kubo's analysis panel will show the changes in the face of "bijin", and Yasuaki Ikenaga's bijinga paintings will show what "bijin" is, highlighting the changes in the Japanese perception of beauty.
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