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Playground (1)

Circus No. 7

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Playground (1)

by Hagiwara Hideo, 1964

Circus No. 7

IHL Cat. #982

About This Print

One of at least three designs in the artist's series Playground.  This print, Play Ground (1), is more figurative than either Play Ground 2 or 4 shown below.

Hagiwara Hideo
Play Ground (2)
Shôwa period, dated 1964
Woodblock print; ink on paper with signature reading "Hideo Hagiwara" 
H. 45.1 x W. 59.2 cm (17 3/4 x 23 5/16 in.) 
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of C. Adrian Rübel, 1978.178

Hagiwara Hideo
Playground, Design 4
Alternate Title: Yugijo
Prints; woodcuts
Color woodblock print
Image: 10 7/16 x 13 7/8 in. (26.5 x 35.7 cm); Paper: 12 11/16 x 16 7/8 in. (32.2 x 42.8 cm)
Gift of the Jeffrey and Elizabeth Holbrook Family (M.86.147.53)

British Museum Wall Label (from the exhibition Japan from Prehistory to the Present)
Exhibition label :: G92 Japanese Gallery :: Playground (1), 1964 Hagiwara creates richly textured and joyfully colourful images. To do this he uses new techniques such as scratching the woodblock like an etching, and printing on the back of the paper. He has won an international reputation for his abstract prints since 1958. Choosing a theme, he then develops a series of studies: this is the first of the ‘playground’ series. (TTC, Jun 2007)

Play ground (1), verso
Note deep embossing of paper as a result of deep lines etched into the woodblock.
click on image to enlarge

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #982
 Title or Description 遊戯場 (1) Play ground (1) [as inscribed on print]
 [Yūgijō (1)]
 Series Playground 遊戯場 Yūgijō
 Hagiwara Hideo(1913 - 2007)
 pencil signed by artist in English – Hideo Hagiwara in lower left margin
 Publication Date 1964
 Edition 15 of 50
 Publisher self-published
 Carver self-carved 
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair -  vertical fold length of paper; minor mat line; handling creases; paper abrasion along edges of left and right margin; tape andlabel remnants verso; ink notations bottom margin and crayon notations verso
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 17 1/4 x 23 3/8 in. (43.8 x 59.4 cm)
 H x W Image 14 3/4 x 21 1/8 in. (37.5 x 53.7 cm)
 Collections This Print British Museum 1987,0316,0.385
 Reference Literature