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Bumpei Usui, Roof at Evening, c. 1925 (Independent Artist Exhibition, 1925)

This painting portrays a view of a rooftop at night. The
straight lines of the rooftop and chimney are the basic
elements of the painting, and four cats are seen standing
on the roof. The Nichibei Jiho wrote, “The subject matter is rich in
emotion, with a particularly romantic feel with the cats on
the rooftop. The sequential color tones and highly stylized brushstrokes are a delightful and delicate work that will give anyone a pleasant sensation.” (Torajiro Watanabe, “Looking into the 9th Independent Art
Exhibition,” Nichibei Jiho, March 21, 1925).