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In Search of His Dream

Date, Hideo [ bio ]

In Search of His Dream
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H: 19 in, W: 15 1/2 in, Mat: 25 15/16 x 21 7/8 in

Los Angeles, Calif., ca. 1936


Gift of Hideo Date


Matted and framed.

Portrait of bald, mustached man, facing left, cradling a cat in his right arm and extending a flower in his left hand. A pink halo surrounds his head. He wears a blue hued, hexagonal patterned garment with long yellow sleeves and a red belt at the waist. Dull orange material drapes over his left shoulder down his back. The dark long-haired cat looks to the left of viewer out of light hued face with brown, almond-shaped eyes. The background is yellow hued.

Artist's hanko (personal mark, consists of three characters that translate as "Date Hide" ), lower left corner.

According to Hideo Date, the model for the figure in this painting was Gordon Sato, the son of friends Justus and Rosemary Sato.

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