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OGURA Yuki (1895-2000)

Description

The younger sister holds an origami crane, with a satisfied smile, while the older sister holds scissors and origami paper and glances at her sideways. Their skin tone, rosy to the tips of the fingers, emphasizes their childish innocence. The models were the daughters of the Western-style painter Hanzo Okada, an acquaintance of the artist Yuki Ogura. The background features the traditional white pigment gofun applied on top of platinum leaf, with the gofun wiped away only on the lower right to create a sense of spatial expanse rather than a uniform white ground. The skirts of the seated girls’ dresses form neat isosceles triangles, adding stability to the composition. With its sparse palette, this painting has the distinctive beauty of deliberate economy.

Data

1970
Color on paper
118.0×141.0 cm