This month’s chosen artwork is The Kimono (1894) by Philip Wilson Steer.

Helena Cox, who is Curator at Beverley Art Gallery and currently completing a Doctorate at the University of York, discusses this small masterpiece, setting it in the context of Japonism, the craze for Japanese art which swept Europe in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Philip Wilson Steer, Kimono, 1894, oil on canvas
Photo credit: York Museums Trust ©