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Edo Skin
18 inches x 9 5/8 inches
Watercolor and graphite on paper
Signature date: 6.25.06

Japanese cherry blossoms part to reveal ontological realms beneath the floral mantle. Under the drape of splendor, the verity of a society's inequities may be glimpsed in a moment of lucidity. It was said, in a speculative biographical film on the enigmatic Japanese woodblock print artist Sharaku, that "life during the Edo period (1615-1868) was like cherry blossom viewing over the mouth of hell".

all text and images Berwald Oriental Art and Julie Rauer

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