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Woman in Summer Attire

Woman in Summer Attire


Kajiwara Hisako

Japanese, 1896 - 1988

Kajiwara Hisako (1896-1988) is one of the handful of women artists in Japanese art history, particularly well known for her unpretentious paintings of working class or professional women. This work is considered one of the most evocative examples of her distinctive approach. The un-idealized image of a somewhat untidy woman in kimono, sitting at the window and giving us an ambiguous look, elicits a variety of interpretations from viewers.

Ink and color on silk
79 5/8 x 22 3/4 in. (202.2 x 57.8 cm)
Gift of Laura Elizabeth Ingham in honor of Amalia Partridge Ingham
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "The Art of Protest" April 27, 2000 - January 21, 2001

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Spring and Summer in Japan",
February 28, 2002 - October 13, 2002

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