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Shadow No. 11

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Shadow No. 11

by Hagiwara Hideo, 1972

IHL Cat. #559

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 figures in this print are very 70s, bell bottoms and all.  The newspaper background is mirrored, leading me to wonder whether Hagiwara somehow incorporated actual newsprint into the printing 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 (with embossing used on the three figures in the case of this print.)


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #559
 Title or Description 影法師 No. 11 Shadow No. 11 [as inscribed on print]
 [kagebōshi No. 11]
 Series Shadow (影法師) kagebōshi
 Hagiwara Hideo (1913 - 2007)
 hideo hagiwara - pencil signed by artist in English in lower left margin
 Publication Date 1972
 Edition 5 of 50
 Publisher  self-published
 Carver self-carved
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good -  light handling and printing creases; light stain, tape stains on verso from previous framing, 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
 H x W Paper 19 1/2  x 30 3/8 in. (49.5 x 77.2  cm)
 H x W Image 16 3/8 x 26 1/2 in. (41.6 x 67.3 cm)
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