Aizen (Passion) by Kawabata Ryūshi

Aizen (Passion) by Kawabata Ryūshi

Aizen is one of the Buddhist terms for lust, which is even more obsessive than passion.
The mandarin duck is a symbol of a good marriage in Japan and is often used as a subject for Japanese paintings. Therefore, the male and female birds are usually placed side by side in a friendly manner. In this work by Kawabata Ryūshi, however, the two birds swim in completely different directions.

Title: Kinkakuji-Temple on Fire

Author: Kawabata Ryūshi

Year: 1934

Size: 168.2 × 168.5 cm

Own: Adachi Museum of Art

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