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Stone flower: white, yellow

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Stone Flower: White, Yellow

by Hagiwara Hideo, 1960

IHL Cat. #229

About This Print

As with the other prints in this series, Hagiwara uses the technique of forcing pigment through the paper from the back, effectively dying the paper and producing a textural surface on which to work.  If you look at the four impressions of this print below (my print and three other images from the edition), you'll notice significant color variations (even allowing for color shifts in photography) which is surely Hagiwara's intent.  It would be interesting to see other impressions of this print to see if the artist grouped the variations.

Stone Flower: White, Yellow verso

Three Other Impressions from the Edition

This collection's print (IHL Cat. #229)
numbered 14 of 30
 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
numbered 23 of 30
Kichijoji Art Museum
unknown of 30

Tolman Collection
 numbered 9 of 30


About the Series “Stone Flower”

Source: 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, Gaston Petit, Kodansha International Ltd., 1973, vol. I, p. 112.

This series of 15 prints uses a technique devised by the artist in which pigment is forced through the paper from the back, effectively dying the paper and producing a textural surface on which to work.  This series is credited with enhancing “the prestige of Japan in the contemporary print world.”

Other prints in the series include: Stone flower; Stone flower (A)*; Stone flower (B); Stone flower: black; Stone flower: blue, grey; Stone flower: grey; Stone flower: red [Ishi no hana (Aka)]; Stone flower: white [Ishi no hana (shiro)]; Stone flower: white, yellow [Ishi-no-hana (Haku-o)]; Stone flower yellow; Stone flower: yellow, grey [Ishi no hana (kibai)].

* Stone flower (A) and Stone flower (B) were done in a smaller format (sheet size approx. 20 x 17 1/2 in.) than other prints from this series I have seen (sheet size approx. 39 x 26 in.)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #229
 Title or Description  石の花(白黄) Stone flower: white, yellow [as transcribed on print]
 [Ishi no hana (haku-ō)]
 Series  Stone flower 石の花
 Hagiwara Hideo (1913 - 2007)
 hideo hagiwara - pencil signed by artist in English in lower left margin
 Publication Date  1960
 Edition  3 of 50
 Publisher  self-published
 Carver self-carved
 Printer self-printed
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good -  handling creases throughout; light toning
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper  39 x 26 1/4 in. (99 x 66.7 cm)
 H x W Image  35 1/4 x 23 1/4 in. (89.5 x 59.1 cm)
 Collections This Print  Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (1965.68.83); Kichijoji Art Museum, Tokyo
 Reference Literature  Break with the Past: The Japanese Creative Print Movement, 1910-1960, Roger Keyes, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1988, p. 17 checklist #7; Collecting Modern Japanese Prints, Then and Now, Mary and Norman Tolman, Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1994, p. 67, 71, 72, pl. 22; 萩原英雄無垢なる世界 : 悠久の夢を追い求める詩人 vol. 1・vol. 2, 武蔵野市 1996-1997, pl. 28, p. 37.