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Age of Confusion

Date, Hideo [ bio ]

Age of Confusion
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H: 35 in, W: 24 in

Los Angeles, Calif., ca. 1930s


Gift of Hideo Date


Matted and framed.

Watercolor and goache painting of eleven nude male and female figures in hues of red, orange, blue, yellow, beige, green. Large red hued female figure stands in front of green mountain, center right, with arms raised behind her head holding a weapon, posed as if ready to strike. To the left, blue male figure grasping a paint brush in his left hand crouches behind mountain. Lower right corner, beige male figure partially seated in water raises left arm as if asking for assistance from green male who stretches out left hand on shore. Blue male figure, lower left, holds down an off-white woman with left arm and raises right fist overhead as if to strike her; behind him, a yellow male and an orange female holding a yellow child appears to be fleeing woman on mountain. Left center, red hued seated male and green hued standing woman face left, each extending one arm with palm raised to the left; tree with green hued leaves rises behind them. In foreground, blue bushes and red hued leaves behind green hills; background, mountains with purple leaves visible in mist and in upper right corner.

Originally intended to be the first part of a triptych ; "Journey - In Search of" (99.111.59) is part two ; third part was never realized.

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