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Spring breeze
© Kaneko Tohikazu
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1000: Spring breeze (Tohikazu)

Petals flutter down like snowflakes, in this painting of a rural scene in Miyagi, northern Japan (we're not given the precise location).

The painter Kaneko Tohikazu has a style of unassuming simplicity, yet contrives to include all the classic elements of the Japanese rural scene. He is known as a "painter of thatch roofs", but also faithfully reproduces the gently disorganised scattering of outhouses with their galvanised iron coverings. An array of familiar trees and shrubs, and the retaining walls of piled rocks fringe the paddy fields - mostly dry from the winter, but water from the conduit in the foreground has flooded one small area, as if by accident.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10939 (10-939 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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