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Ariadne from the series Greek Mythology

Circus No. 7

Japanese Monochrome Woodblock and Intaglio Print 

Ariadne from the series Greek Mythology

by Hagiwara Hideo, 1965

Circus No. 7


IHL Cat. #1117

About This Print

One of 42 prints in the artist's series Greek Mythology.  Hagiwara pictures a sleeping Ariadne, the daughter of Minos, the King of Crete, suspended by a single vine.  She is in her classic sleep pose of one arm raised over her head with a look or exhaustion and despair, as she has been abandoned by her lover Theseus on the island of Naxos.

The entire series was issued as a complete portfolio bound in a black woven material, imprinted in silver. Hagiwara employed both traditional Japanese woodblock technique as well as intaglio on these prints.


Print Details
 IHL Catalog #1117
 Title アリアドネ Ariadne [as inscribed on print]
 Series Greek Mythology ギリシャ神話
 Artist 
 Hagiwara Hideo (1913 - 2007)
 Signature 
 hideo hagiwara - pencil signed by artist in English in lower left margin
 Seal
 Publication Date 1965
 Edition 33 of 50
 Publisher self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - slight toning
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous
 Format 
 H x W Paper 18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm)
 H x W Image 15 x 21 1/8 in. (38.1 x 53.7 cm)
 Collections This Print Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama has the entire series of prints in their collection
 Reference Literature 現代木版画の巨匠萩原英雄の世界: 昭和 61年 5月 24日--6月 29日, 山梨県立美術館, plate No. 98. [Note: catalog of the exhibition of Hideo Hagiwara's woodblock prints at the Yamanashi Prefectural Museum May 24 - June 29, 1886.]
 萩原英雄 無垢なる世界 VOL.1/VOL.2, 武蔵野市民文化会館, 1996, p. 73, pl. 118.
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