The First Photo of a Japanese Emperor

In 1873, pioneering photographer Uchida Kuichi took the first photograph of a Japanese emperor. In his portrait of the Emperor Meiji, seen here, the emperor is staged in a way typical to U.S. and European photographic portraits of the time. The subject is seated diagonally in a chair, with some personal paraphernalia placed on aContinue reading “The First Photo of a Japanese Emperor”

“Abaporu” and a Uniquely Brazilian Art Style

Abaporu is a 1928 painting by Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral. Tarsila, as she was known, was a modernist painter who often included elements of indigenous art in her work in order to create a uniquely Brazilian style. In Abaporu, she distorts the proportions of the subject’s body. The subject’s foot is enormous, while theContinue reading ““Abaporu” and a Uniquely Brazilian Art Style”