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Date, Hideo [ bio ]

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H: 22 in, W: 17 in

Los Angeles, Calif., ca. 1930s


Gift of Hideo Date


Matted and framed.

Portrait of a woman holding onto a tree on her right as she looks with downcast eyes to the viewer's left on off-white background. Her blue hair is pulled back, knotted and braided on her head; she has blue eyebrows and gray eyes, red lips on pink hued skin. She is dressed in an orange hued blouse with tan design, yellow criss-cross trimmed collar and green sleeves. The woman grasps the tree on the left with her right hand while holding the corners of a folded blue and white hued handkerchief in both hands. The tree rises out of green bush, left foreground, branching out with light green leaves to the top edge.

Two artist's hanko (personal mark, consists of three characters that translate as "Date Hide", top, and four characters that translate as "Dream seeking layman", bottom), lower left corner.

According to artist the model for this piece was Rosemary Sato, the wife of his good friend Justus Sato.

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