Japanese Bathers1938 by Yuki Ogura

We look down at this intimate scene from an almost dizzying angle. But what makes this painting special is the way Ogura uses the rigid geometry of the wall tiles to give a sense of perspective and balance to the picture and then plays against this by using the refraction of the water to distort the bath tiles under the surface. This both captures the quality of the water and creates a tilting effect that recalls the feeling we get leaning back in the bath.
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Period / movement: nihonga