© 2019 by Vethan Sautour.

    ASIA - JAPAN

    oil, pastel and pencil

    100 x 150 cm

    2016

    Japan has changed in the last century from a society solely based on traditions to a mixed model of traditions and globalised capitalism. This shift is a growing worldwide phenomenon, not only observed in Japan, but among African countries, Gulf countries, etc. 

     

    A way to observe this change in Japan is by studying the evolution of beauty standards. For centuries, the symbol of beauty and seduction had been the geisha. It remains as such, but is now living alongside another type of beauty, carried out by animes. These school girls emerged thanks to the power of media, television and pop culture brought by the American influence. 

     

    The painting technique differs from one character to the other to further point out the differences between the two time periods.