At the end of the previous year, Nagakute Senior High School commissioned me to create this painting.
There was a deadline of three months which was was both a long time and a short time for me. It was the first time that I had been given a specific image and size to which to work. Also with the ***exhibition*** close at hand, I was very busy. I extended the deadline by one month. To tell the truth, until the beginning of March, I felt that my previous works were better than this one. I could not tell myself that I'd done well. It was a continual process of trial and error on the canvas. Many time I had to change the composition and the rough sketches.
It was not until the end of March that I got out of this "dark tunnel". I was able to think that in fact this was my best work and I was able to put down my brush.
I think I could understand a little what Ryunosuke Akutagana meant when he said "There is no quiescence in art. Without progress, there will be deteoration"
[translated from Bulletin Nagakute no.61]
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