Jigsaw puzzles from Japan
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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan
The title is somewhat difficult to translate: "the (spring) moon, shrouded in haze," a common motif in both art and song. Haruyo has placed the moon right at the top right corner, and given her model a striking diagonal pose. (Incidentally leaving quite a large plain area for a puzzle!) Although the colours here are restrained, the courtesan holds her outer robe to give us a good view of the picture on it - a crane, over woods and waves.
This is a new, "scroll" version of a puzzle from many years back, so the "blank area" has moved to the top.
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 has smaller pieces than the standard size.
Discontinued July 2020
An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52131 (52-131 on package)
Retail price ¥1800