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The dream of the pond lilies
© Fujishiro Seiji

1000: The dream of the pond lilies (Fujishiro)

Typical Fujishiro features: grand pianos, lacy trees, a unicyclist, combine in an enigmatic composition. The "pond lilies" are actually mizu bashô (Latin Lysichiton camtschatcense), which is related to the North American skunk cabbage, but does not appear to have its characteristic bad odour.

Born in 1924, Fujishiro has had a long and productive career as an illustrator - producing many children's books, and creating his own brand of fantasy along the way. From an early involvement with shadow puppetry, he developed his own unique style: he calls these kage-e (literally "shadow pictures"), but his is a backlit world not of black and white (or grey), but of wonderful translucent colours, apparently made mostly from tissue paper.

He is still active at the age of 80, and his work has appeared all over the world, most recently (February 2005) in New York and Washington.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: A10277 (1000-277 on box)
Retail price ¥3600

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