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Composition F

Tropical Fish

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Composition F

by Hagiwara Hideo, c. 1959

Germination (2)

IHL Cat. #2148

About This Print

Thickly applied and layered pigments give this abstract composition depth. Composition F is one of Hagiwara's most widely held works in American museums, with at least six museums listing this work in their collection. From 1958 to 1960, Hagiwara produced a number of abstract works titled "Composition" followed by a letter, including Composition B, Composition L, Composition M, Composition P, Composition Q, Composition Z . All of these works were "produced from roughly carved blocks printed to reveal the wood's uneven texture."1

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2148
 Title or Description Composition F (bottom margin)
 作品F Sakuhin F
 Hagiwara Hideo  (1913 - 2007)
Hideo Hagiwara - ink or pencil signed by artist in English in lower right margin

萩原英雄 - ink or pencil signed by artist in Japanese in lower left margin
 Seal no seal
 Publication Date c. 1959
 Edition 104 of 200
 Publisher self-published
 Carver self-carved
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - backed with cardboard
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 12 7/16 x 16 1/2 in. (31.6 x 41.9 cm)
 H x W Image 10 7/8 x 15 5/16 in. (27.6 x 38.9 cm)
 Collections This Print Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.2005.217.12; Smart Museum of Art The University of Chicago 2016.56; Honolulu Museum of Art 26875; Florida State University of Fine Arts (no reference number); Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 1963.30.3062; Brooklyn Museum 59.183.1; Davison Art Center Wesleyan University 1959.10.1; Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield Museum Consortium AC 1994.375
 Reference Literature 
last revision:
6/18/2021 created