Born in Kyoto City, UMEHARA left high school, Kyoto, to be a painter, and entered the atelier of ITO Yoshihiko in 1903. He also studied in the Syogoin Western-style Painting’s Institute in this year, and three years later, studied under ASAI Chu with YASUI Sotaro in Kansai Art School. In 1908, UMEHARA went to France, and studied in the Académie Julien, but in the next year, as soon as he arrived at Paris, he visited the south of France to meet Renoir, and studied with him. In 1913, he came back to Japan, and became famous by works he had painted in France. In 1920, UMEHARA went to France again. After coming back to Japan, he took part in foundation of the Shunyou Society (Shunyou-kai), and also established the Kokuga-kai. He built “the YASUI and UMEHARA’s time” with YASUI Sotaro. After the war, UMEHARA returned several times to France, and continued painting Japanese and French landscapes. He worked as a professor in Tokyo School of Fine Arts and Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music from 1943 to 1952, and received the Order of Culture in 1952 and the Commandeur, the Order of Culture by the French Government besides. He died in Tokyo.
For Umehara the 1930s were a period when, through rich coloring and extravagant brushwork, he established a unique decorative painting style. In this work, the interior the nude sits in is painted with prominent green tones, as if reflecting verdant exterior scenery. The addition of complementary reds further accentuates the green tint of the light that fills the interior.