Killer in the Rain, or What's your favorite crime art?
|Utagawa Kuniyoshi, "Shirai Gonpachi," from|
The Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido Road,
1852, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Such series were a favorite of Japanese printmakers, depicting natural sights and vignettes of human activity. This example incorporates an earlier favorite Japanese genre, the actor print (yakusha-e or, if you prefer, 役者絵). An excerpt from Sarah E. Thompson's description of the scene in her book about the series will explain why it belongs here:
"In both real life and drama, Gonpachi's criminal career began in his home province of Tottori, where he killed a man named Honjo Sukedayu ... This print shows the moment just after the killing, when Gonpachi emerges from Honjo's house into the rain. An umbrella and a rain clog (with a cover to keep the foot dry) can be seen on the ground beside him; the umbrella and swords also appear in the series title border [upper right]."That could be a scene from a crime novel. What is your favorite art (painting, print, drawing, or sculpture) that hits you like crime fiction does? Links to visual examples welcome. Here's one from yesterday's Detectives Beyond Borders post.
© Peter Rozovsky 2013