This painting was accepted for the Salon Nationale de Beaux-Arts in 1893, right before Kuroda returned to Japan. This was the first nude painting to be publicly exhibited in Japan, and provoked controversy due to drawing nude. This was lost to fire from the air raids of World War II while it was being stored in the Kobe villa of the Sumitomo family, it is still featured today in survey books as a pivotal work of the modern period.
Kuroda, Seiki (1866-1924)
Destroyed by fire in World War II (photograph provided by the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo)
© Independent Administrative Institution, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo
Oil on canvas image: 178.5 x 98 cm