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Masaji Hiramoto, Musician, c.1925

The “New York Shimpo” wrote, “Musician” is better than “Madame Butterfly”. The simplified lines are characterized by Eastern-style conventionalization. (Ishigaki)” Hiramoto’s three works are the ones we remember, but they are always pleasant to look at. I like the first abstract line, because it is quite difficult to draw. (Watanabe)”(“Art Exhibition Review,” New York Shimpo, February 26, 1927), indicating that the work had an established reputation even among Japanese artists.