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Lot. 101


acrylic, gouache, watercolor on paper
signed and dated on the upper right ”YAYOI KUSAMA 1979”
signed, titled and dated on the reverse in Japanese characters
with Yayoi Kusama's artwork registration card
65.5×51.5 cm
private collection, Japan
HKD : 1,300,000 - 1,800,000
( USD 170,000 - 230,000 )  ( JPY 18,000,000 - 24,000,000 )

Price Realized
HKD : 3,304,000
In 1973, Kusama left New York and went back to Japan. By experiencing the death of intimate friends in addition to her own bad physical condition, she started to present works that are strongly conscious of “life and death”. This work “WOMAN OF REMINISCENCE” which depicts a woman with multiple overlapping expressions as if each emotion accompanying past events is engraved. It is an impressive work that depicts repetitive expressions such as polka-dots and nets symbolizing Kusama on a bright yellow-green paper with vivid colors. The opened eyes of the woman as if looking straight into the mind of the viewer, with strong vitality lodged inside. As drawing can be taken as a decision to proceed the past as a ”memorial” and move forward, look like a ceremony that sublimates the feelings that have passed so far. Thus, this work can be seen as a self-portrait of a painter who is exploring life. The viewers can objectively look inside their own minds when they watching through this woman, and giving the viewers a wonderful feeling to confrontation with their own past with love. This work allows us to evoke the theme from a strong visual and this is a precious work of prediction of Kusama’s new departure from creation.

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