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Hakuho Hirano (1879 - 1957) was a self-taught artist from Kyoto. While very little is known about his life, in the early 1930's he was known to have collaborated with the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. Two of these prints were shown at the 1936 Toledo exhibition. Specializing in bjing-ga, Hirano portrayed beautiful Japanese women as they dressed or arranged their hair. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Hirano was known to depict the women in his prints from the side or back, leaving their facial expressions up to viewers’ imaginations.
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