Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Professor of Nihonga

At Giverny,  Tom Purdue is sketching. This is achieved with difficulty as visitors to the garden keeping pushing past him. One Japanese tourist however watches his artistic endeavours with interest. She is a professor of the history of Nihonga in particular the work of Hoshida Shunso. Monet admired Nihonga, but he never visited Japan. The professor smiles at Tom, and as she strolls away he notices that she too is wearing a startlingly orange sun hat. He looks down at his drawing and realises that he seldom uses colour. Perhaps he should choose some other other place to sketch.

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