Geisha, Abstract painting. Painted 2016 to 2017 by British artist, Gheorghe Virtosu, b. 1968. Oil painting, abstract art, 137 cm high by 105 cm wide. 54 X 41 inches. | geisha art, japanese geisha art, beautiful geisha art, geisha images art, geisha canvas wall art, samurai geisha art, geisha wall art, geisha canvas art, abstract geisha art, japanese geisha wall art, geisha painting, famous geisha painting, geisha paintings images, geisha oil painting, japanese geisha oil paintings, japanese geisha paintings, geisha painting canvas |
Traditionally avoiding being literal in his Geisha abstract painting, Virtosu turns the personage into the dense and energetic flux of colors. And only some nuances provide us with the clue for reading it and reconstructing the author’s idea. The elements with ornamentation represent kimono, the yellow zigzag-like shape in the upper part can be seen both as the hair decoration geisha extensively used, or as a sitting figure of a guest.
Unlike most of the artist’s paintings, this one has a horizontal format as an homage to the Japanese woodblock printing. At the same time, the abstract painting contains a conscious or unconscious reference to the European tradition: the vertical borders bring to mind two canvases by Vincent van Gogh, namely, Oiran, the painterly version of the print after Eisen, and Flowering Plum Orchard after Hiroshige. In both of them, the artist has added decorative borders that are absent in the original.
The capacity of the abstract painting language enables Gheorghe Virtosu to avoid the cultural appropriation: the oil painting isn’t a straightforward replica of the massively popular character in the context, which is completely detached from the original environment. The artist shows all respect to the Japanese heritage, creating an elaborated portrayal, which is as multilayered, as the dress of geisha.