A Kimono (Irouchikake) Scuffle at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

By Rona Conti / 15/07/2015 /

If Claude Monet ever imagined that his 1876 painting “La Japonaise” (his wife Camille in a “Kimono”) would be called racist, he and his fellow painters influenced by Japanese art and culture would be flabbergasted. To make a small correction, the painter’s wife is dressed in an “irouchikake (打掛)”, a gorgeously embroidered and very heavy…

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