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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan
© Studio Morita / Studio Oz Inc
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.
There's a bonus with this puzzle: on the back of the box appears the whole range of Haruyo puzzles as of around the year 2000 - unfortunately only a very few of these are still available.
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.
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E83214 (1000SN-214F on package)
Retail price ¥3000