Maruyama Ōkyo (June 12, 1733-August 31, 1795) was a Japanese artist active in the late 18th century.
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Maruyama Ōkyo opened his eyes from a fitful sleep and saw a dead woman. She was young. Beautiful. And pale. Unnaturally drained of color, her bloodless skin peeked from her loose, bone-white burial kimono. Her bleached appearance was contrasted only by the thin slits of her black eyes, and by the long, black hair that hung disheveled across her shoulders. She had no feet.
What is The Ghost of Oyuki?
The Ghost of Oyuki is without a doubt the most famous and influential Japanese ghost painting. It is the template for the entire country’s idea of “what a ghost looks like.” The white-faced, black-haired girl in the white kimono has roots in tradition, but this image–particularly the lack of feet–comes from the brush of Maruyama Ōkyo.
Although the English title is The Ghost of Oyuki…
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