CM: It is interesting to note that the American painter Stanwood Badger was born in 1904, which is the year Lafcadio Hearn died, as if it were an instance of reincarnation. When in 1936 he visited the family home of Lafcadio in Matsue, Badger appreciated the overpowering spell of Japanese culture. The two pictures he drew demonstrate the particularities of the East that are in many respects diametrically opposite to the West. The Exterior View introduces the beholder to the Japanese garden aesthetic: the green is pruned; straight lines blend with curves; and, finally, man-made things enter into harmonious dialogue with nature.
[Megakles Rogakos 08/2009]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn 2009 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens