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Shadow No. 12

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Shadow No. 12

by Hagiwara Hideo, 1972

Asagiri noyaki (Morning Mist, Burning Fields) from the series Thirty-six Fujis

IHL Cat. #560

About This Print

I do not know how many prints are in the Shadow series and I have only seen seven of them, Shadow 5, 6, 9, 10 and 13 and the two prints in this collection, Shadow 11 and 12.  I assume that all prints in this series use the motif of a newspaper background with superimposed silhouetted figures.   The newspaper background is mirrored, leading me to wonder whether Hagiwara somehow incorporated actual newsprint into the block.  I have seen some descriptions for prints in this series stating they are woodblock and multimedia, but for the two prints in this collection they appear to be traditional woodblock.

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Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #560
 Title  影法師 No. 12 Shadow No. 12 [as inscribed on print]
 [kagebōshi No. 12]
 Series  Shadow 影法師 kagebōshi
 Artist
 Hagiwara Hideo (1913 - 2007)
 Signature
 hideo hagiwara - pencil signed by artist in English in lower left margin
 Seal
 Publication Date  1972
 Edition  5 of 50
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good -  light handling and printing creases; light stains; some discoloration and foxing speckles
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  Shadow No. 9 (1984,1019,0.6) and No. 10 (1986,0321,0.208) are in collection of British Museum; Shadow No. 7 (P00864) and No. 10 (P00865) are in collection of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
 Format  
 H x W Paper  19 1/2”  x 30 1/2” (49.5 x 77.5  cm)
 H x W Image  16 3/8” x 26 1/2” (41.6 x 67.3 cm)
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