Self-Portrait in a Turkish Hat: Kuroda Seiki

Kuroda Seiki: Self-Portrait in a Turkish Hat

The young Kuroda Seiki looks out at us with his head turned from the side orientation of his body. He painted Self-Portrait in a Turkish Hat in 1889 at age 23. The Turkish hat shows us that the European vogue for exoticism was returned by Japanese interest in the west. In art, this movement was called Joga. The brush work is fast and loose but this does not detract from the accuracy and a certain realism in the likeness.

Kuroda Seiki’s Self-Portrait in a Turkish Hat is in the Tokyo National Museum in Japan.

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