Sakura Beer 1912 by Kitano Tsunetomi
Sakura Beer 1912 Kitano Tsunetomi

Sakura Beer 1912 by Japanese Painter Kitano Tsunetomi (1880 – 1947); a Japanese painter from the Meiji period to the Shōwa period.

The Sakura Beer poster is a beautiful vintage art Japanese advertisement with an attractive young lady dressed in tradition clothing sitting against a floral background.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

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Kitano Tsunetomi initially made printing plates for illustrations in newspapers. At 17 he went to Osaka to become a painter.

He now designed illustrations for stories that appeared in newspapers. His large-format advertising posters with beautiful women also found recognition.

In 1910 his picture “Assembly of the Beetles” (す だ く 虫, Sudaku mushi) and the following year the picture “Sunshine in the Rain” (日照 雨, Sobae) were awarded a 3rd prize at the Bunter exhibition.

With that he had established himself as a painter in the Nihonga style.

In 1914 Kitano exhibited the picture “The Thread of Request” (願 い の 糸, Negai no ito) at the resurrected Inten exhibition .

From then on he remained connected to this series of exhibitions and belonged, together with the Tokyo Kaburagi Kiyokata and Uemura Shōen in Kyoto, to the prominent painters of beautiful women.

Since Kitano initially portrayed “magical” beautiful women, he was counted among the wing of painting that dealt with the unusual, the “Gadan no Akuma-ha” (画壇 の 悪 魔 派).

From the middle Taishō period, the picture of the Yodogimi should be emphasized, which has a new depth of representation.

With the Shōwa period, Kitano captured modern Japan in a fresh way.

Kitano was shown in 1931 at the “Exhibition of Japanese Painting” in Berlin. In 1989 the Japanese Post issued two postage stamps for 62 yen each with a dancer from the “Awa Odori”, the festive procession in Tokushima Prefecture (historically Awa Province).

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