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© Haruyo

1000: Charcoal (Haruyo)

Haruyo has succeeded with a difficult artistic challenge—to make "black" into an alluring theme. This courtesan wears a kimono of vivid orange and purple, well set off against the black background with its lacework of red peonies. In her right hand she holds a kiseru, the traditional style of tobacco pipe, and her bare right foot peeps enticingly from the hem of her kimono.


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.

* This puzzle is cut to make pieces harder to find.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11338 (11-338 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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