About Paul Donker Duyvis creates a Japanese atmosphere in his work,
not only by using typically Japanese objects such as kimonos,
fans and rice or Oriental-looking women. These are obviously
Japanese, or rather Oriental, attributes, but still just
properties of his work.These Japanese characteristics merge
strongly with the ambiguity of his images.
The Japanese have an unspoken agreement not to regard
paradoxical matters as paradoxical.
Contradictory elements are presented on a common level
instead, camouflaging them with a certain vague ambiguity.
To Westerners, ambiguity is opposite to clarity, but the
Japanese perceive this vague ambiguity as a means of
understanding the many laye