This painting is inspired by the heroes of an authentic tragedy which was also dramatized by Chikamatsu in 1722. Handei was a greengrocer from Osaka who married Ochiyo, a village beauty. There love was so strong their story became a village legend. Handei’s spiteful mother Omine tormented his new wife with scorn and disdain, so much so that the young couple chose to commit suicide, though Ochiyo was with child.
Perhaps they felt their love would live on, in yet another life?
12″ × 24″ Acrylic on canvas (Sold)
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