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Japanese Women with Chrysanthemums

"Japanese Women with Chrysanthemums" is copyright    2006 by James G. Mundie. All rights reserved.  Reproduction prohibited.

Pen and ink, 8.5 x 6 inches, 2006

This drawing came about when I was looking through some Meiji-era Japanese medical photographs. The poses of two women reminded me of a favorite painting, Paul Gauguin's Tahitian Women with Mango Blossoms (1899), in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I substituted the mango blossoms for a more typically Japanese flower, the chrysanthemum. That flower symbolizes nobility and is the national and imperial crest of Japan.



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