Hisaji Hara Finding Balthus in the Fog

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A Study of “The Happy Days” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of “The passage du Commerce-Saint-Andre” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of “The Room” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of the “Katia Reading” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of “The Salon” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of “The King of Cats” (self-portrait) © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of “The Victim” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of the “Portrait of Thérèse” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of the still lifes 3 (grapes) © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of “The Game of Patience” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of the still lifes 2 © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of “The Street” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of the “oil on canvas 1939” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of the “Girl at a Window” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of the “Thérèse” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of “The Mountain” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of the “Because Cathy taught him what she learnt” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of the still lifes 1 © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of the “Colette in Profile” © Hisaji Hara

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A Study of the “But it was one of their chief amusements to run away to the moors” © Hisaji Hara

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For this series of beautiful, monochrome portraits Hisaji Hara has modelled his photographic compositions upon paintings by Balthus (1908-2001), one of the most revered and controversial artists of the twentieth century.

In the style of the Modern Masters, Hara creates scenes imbued with an unsettling combination of innocence and eroticism. The models have the light, unselfconscious attitudes of playful children and yet their postures invite the eye to see them as sexual young women. Moreover, in reinventing the pictures, Hisaji Hara has chosen to dress his teenage subjects in school uniform, thereby emphasizing the uncomfortable transitional period between child and adulthood. We feel as if we are the quiet, almost intrusive voyeurs to moments of youthful innocence.

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All images © courtesy of Hisaji Hara

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