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Azure
© Studio Morita / Studio Oz Inc

1000: Azure (Haruyo)

With the sea as backdrop, the model holds a posy of assorted summer flowers, while her elegant but simple kimono is set off perfectly by the obi decorated with a pair of crested ibises. (Though the birds have a somewhat unusual bluish tinge.)

Original title: Seisui ("blue purity")

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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: E11152 (11-152 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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