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© Haruyo

1000: Soju (Haruyo)

Two women, in elegant and contrasting kimonos, express a bond of trust and mutual reliance. The title is near untranslatable: the first character (properly ) means "double" or "twin", the second (ju) "long life" or "congratulations".

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11345 (11-345 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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