Tuesday, March 29, 2011

the goze of saito shinichi

Ozawa Yasuko's card (below) sent me to my goze file, where I discovered, much to my surprise, a collection of postcards from an exhibition by Saito Shinichi. I thought that I had sent all of these postcards off to friends years ago, but in fact had saved a set for myself. Saito heard stories about goze while traveling around Japan and, like others of us, became fascinated. He became quite famous for his oil paintings (he used oil, he told me, because he wanted the paintings to last for hundreds of years) of the women and the hard lives that they led. The card at top shows a lone goze in snow country, the part of Japan where they were most often found. The one below shows goze performing at a local festival.

1 comment:

Helen said...

I adore the work of Saito-san. He had a beautiful soul and more people should know about his art. His is a magician of light in his paintings. You are so lucky to have known him, I wish I could have met him and asked him many questions about himself and his work.

I used to live near Tendo and visited the museum with his works at least once a month. I miss being able to visit.

I am an Art Historian and teach as many people as I can about his art, it inspires me so!