Hello fellow art lover.

I may not know what I like, but I do know art, and here’s some serious art from 19th century Japan that combines earthiness with serious political commentary: If you can’t tell what’s happening here, perhaps this frame from the same scroll will make it more obvious: Mid-19th century Japan was just beginning to open up to foreigners, and this scroll is actually a commentary on the failure of the political structure to resist foreign encroachment. Titled He-Gassen (“The Fart Battle”), it shows that neither people, nor politicans, have changed much in the ensuing decades. More here, here, and here.

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