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Cranes with red Fuji
© Ogasawara Etsuko

1000: Cranes with red Fuji (Ogasawara)

A very traditional composition: in front of an auspicious red Fuji, a pair of cranes symbolise fidelity, watched by a pair of turtles, emblems of longevity. The picture is completed by the trio of pine, bamboo, and plum blossom, or shô-chiku-bai (standard labels for the best three selections at a sushi restaurant).

The style is an interesting blend of detail in the foreground features with an impressionistic setting of mist over the lake.

Few biographical details are available, but Ogasawara has worked as a background artist for anime production, and specialises in animal portraits. Her acclaimed painting of a pair of white tigers has also featured on a jigsaw puzzle.

She does not seem to sign her paintings; she writes her given name, Etsuko, with the old form of hiragana 'e', so it may also be rendered as 'Yetsuko'.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10433 (1000-433 on package)
Retail price ¥3600

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