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Strokes 93-11

Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

Japanese Color Lithograph 

Strokes 93-11

by Hara Takeshi, 1993

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IHL Cat. #696

About This Print

"Hara has been working with the theme of 'strokes' since the 1970s. The strokes are paths of light, each one a range of intensities captured by Hara's magnificent technique of colour gradation."1  His prints, exhibiting "flat coolness and perfect evenness,"2 at first appear to be silkscreens, but they are achieved through lithography "often involving many different printings"3 using the artist's "special technique with a method of applying the ink with huge rollers to give his work an element of unbelievable smoothness, lushness, and control."4

I was immediately drawn to Hara's work when it first came to my attention in 2007, seeing its indebtedness to traditional Japanese calligraphy in its movement while substituting a rainbow of saturated colors for the traditional black sumi ink. I find Hara's work cerebral, alternately calming and exciting, and continually interesting.

Takeshi Hara Strokes portfolio, 1993 Vol. 1,
Lithograph 5 sheets, Hosokawa paper, 1993,
published by Gallery APA
[Includes Strokes 93-7 (IHL Cat. #693), 93-8,
(IHL Cat. #694), 93-10 (IHL Cat. #695)
and 93-11 (IHL Cat. #696)]

detail - Strokes 93-11
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1 Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, Jackie Menzies, Art Gallery of New South Wales1992, p. 29
2 Ibid.
3 Contemporary Japanese Prints: Symbols of a Society in Transition, Lawrence Smith, Harper & Row Publishers, 1985, p. 28.
4 Collecting Modern Japanese Prints, Then and Now, Mary and Norman Tolman, Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1994, p. 126.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #696
 Title  Strokes 93-11
 Hara Takeshi (b. 1942)
 Takeshi Hara
 Publication Date  1993
 Edition  55 of 60
 Publisher  Gallery APA
 Printer  self-printed
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Genre  contemporary lithograph
 Miscellaneous  printed on Hosokawa paper
 H x W Paper  28 3/4 x 20 3/8 in. (73 x 51.7 cm)
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