Kumiko S. McKee - Koto

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Flue & Phoenix
Oil Painting on Masonite
31 x 54 inches


This is one of paintings from my “The Tale of Genji” series and I painted the boy as the younger Genji who is far advanced in areas such as playing instruments, composing poem, painting, dancing, and learning. In this scene, the young Genji is playing a Japanese flute exceedingly well which attracts the legendary Phoenix. The Phoenix is drawn by the sweet sound of his flute and appears to listen attentively to the music. A sound does not have a shape, but the shape of the Phoenix and its expression indicate that his playing is outstanding.