Saturday , 18 November 2017
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Kei Homma’s ode to traditional Indian women

Museum of Goa (MOG) is hosting Yamato Nadeshiko – an exhibition of paintings by eminent Japanese artist Kei Homma from November 18 to December 17 at Pilerne. The paintings are a tribute to the beauty, tenderness and strength of the many women encountered during her travel in India

Museum of Goa (MOG) is hosting Yamato Nadeshiko – an exhibition of paintings by eminent Japanese artist Kei Homma from November 18 to December 17 at Pilerne.  A much decorated painter and winner of the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition, Kei Homma’s paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions all over Japan and in various other countries. Yamato Nadeshiko a Japanese metaphor for pure feminine beauty showcases paintings of traditional Indian women. It was during her numerous travels across the Indian terrain that Homma closely observed women in states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Orissa and her paintings document women in various avatars.

The women captured in her paintings are contemplative, observant and often lost in their thoughts. Homma’s paintings are a testament to the rich diversity in design, textiles, use of colors and various folk motifs. The figure of the horse and other architectural elements work as a recurring motif in the paintings. Some of the backdrops also allude to hand painted havelis found in the region of Shekhavati in Rajasthan.

In the words of the painter, these paintings are a tribute to the beauty, tenderness and strength of the many women she encountered. Homma’s fascination for her subjects and the profusion of colours is perhaps a testament to her abiding interest in unraveling the myriad colourful hues of the land and the women who live there. The paintings not only document women in their natural habitat but also enable a sociological study of a time that is captured.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Minister of Art and Culture, Govind Gaude on November 18 at 6 p.m. Also present will be other Japanese guests.

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