Oil on canvas
A drama of light and colors unfolded in Nikko in the summer.
여름의 닛코를 무대로 펼쳐지는 빛과 색채의 드라마
This is Yasha-mon, the gate to Taiyuuin, the Mausoleum of Tokugawa Iemitsu in Nikko. The ground in the mid-distance is shining white in the strong sunlight. Has the artist set up his easel on this side of the gate in the shade? The reflected light comes over to this side too and makes the gate painted with a gold ground shine dimly. There are two women coming towards us. One is dressed in a blue kimono and the other in a rose-colored dress. Intense sunlight falls between the two women and the artist so that shading and strong colors of vermillion and gold spread. It may appear as if Kawashima simply let his paintbrush run comfortably at will, but the drama of light and colors on a summer day is captured superbly. The spatial composition making the most of numerous gates and doors is also carefully calculated.
In 1935, amidst the commotion of the reformation of the Imperial Fine Arts Academy Exhibition, Kawashima withdrew fromKokuga-kai. From early summer to autumn the following year, he confined himself to Nikko and immersed himself in painting. This painting was produced on that occasion.