Hagiwara Hideo (1913–2007) Flying Angel No. 3

image size: 26 1/2 x 16 3/8 in. (67.3 x 41.6 cm)
sheet size: 30 1/8 x 19 1/2 in. (76.5 x 49.5 cm)

萩原英雄 天使昇天 No. 3

Hagiwara Hideo (1913-2007)

Flying Angel No. 3


Color woodblock print with mica on paper 
Lent by Irwin Lavenberg, L2017.103.3

Between 1968 and 1972, Hagiwara used a brighter color palette, and the resulting prints have a new lightness. He abandoned two-sided printing which, while providing great depth to his images, kept his colors rather somber.

This print, with its vivid orange highlighted with mica and playful floating forms, is a fine example of this change. To produce the etching-like lines, the artist used sharpened nails to mark the woodblock and inking techniques similar to those used in intaglio print making, one of many innovative woodblock techniques for which Hagiwara is famous.   

Three Masters of Abstraction Hagiwara Hideo, Ida Shōichi and Takahashi Rikio