Asai Kiyoshi: Tipsy - Honolulu Museum of Art

Artist: Asai Kiyoshi

Title: Tipsy

Date: 1930

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Source: Honolulu Museum of Art
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A student of Kaburaki Kiyokata, Kiyoshi was a regular contributor to the government-sponsored Teiten exhibitions (modeled after the Paris Salon sponsored by the Académie des Beaux-Arts). Tipsy is an atypically controversial subject for the artist. Boldly proclaiming her status as a confident, liberated moga not only through her dress and hairstyle, but also through her inebriation (indicated by the cocktail on the table), her adoption of Western vices like cigarette smoking, and her suggestive stare directly focused on the viewer, Tipsy is one of the most iconic images of the social transformations in which Japan was swept up in the years prior to the Second World War. (“Girl Talk: 20th Century Japanese Prints Depicting Women ” 05/27/2010 - 08/1/2010)

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