Floating Weed A subtle composition of rounded abstract, organic forms on a soft background of greys, browns and teal; these are crossed by a black, horizontally tapering line, above which floats, planet-like, another dim form. The softly textured, floating forms and muted colors contrast with blue and orange circular shapes. An impression of antiquity prevails, as if we are witnessing the creation of life.
An evocative print from Hideo Hagiwara's abstract period of the 1960's.
Mt.Fuji Series:Evening Sky at Mt. Fuji As the sun is setting, the majestic mountain looms large against the glowing evening sky.
A white cloud bank approaches from the left, reaching into the red sky, its lively form contrasting with the firm outline of Mt.Fuji; gold reflections of light at the base of the mighty mountain complete this glowing, remarkable image.
Mythology Series,Hephaistos Hephaistos is the Olympian God of Craftsmen, working precious metals with anvil, hammer and bellows. His is a mighty form with strong head and features, extending up and across the picture plane; behind him, clad in white stands the image of Athena, who appears in the story of Hephaistos; Hagiwara, however, makes reference to Venus, the Roman Goddess (Athena in Greek Mythology), whose name he has carved into the block.
Mythology Series,Herakles All Prints in the MYTHOLOGY SERIES are in black and white; in this Work the illustrious hero of Greek Mythology, Herakles, is rendered predominantly in white, in contrast to the black body of the lion, which he strangles with enormous hands. Light and darkness is symbolically rendered as Righteous and Evil in this powerful rendition of the divine strength of Herakles.
Mt. Fuji Series:Snowing Mt. Fuji Mount Fuji rises majestically in a landscape of softly falling snow; three small trees at the base of the mountain emphasize its mighty form. The mountain is balanced by dark bands of sky and earth. Hagiwara has created a strong, simple and poetric image of a winter day.
Mythology Series,Midas Midas, King of Phrygia, was doomed to turn all he touched into Gold; Hagiwara depicts Midas with bloated and distorted features and gives him the ears of an ass; as Midas is unable to escape his curse - even as his food turns to Gold, so the figure of Midas appears imprisoned, his large body filling all space available in this print.
Lady No. 1 A subtle and evocative image of a woman in a flower patterned garment, her face accentuated by striking eyes, arched eyebrows and to the left, a strongly defined lock of hair. Colors of rust, blue and touch of yellow on soft ivory background create a gentle pattern of color. The effect is arresting yet non-intrusive; it is an image that continously renews itself as more subtleties are revealed.
Mt. Fuji Series:The Outdoor Theater Mount Fuji rises in the background; bands of alternating color lead our eye towards the mountain. The view ends abruptly on the left with the firm lines and bright color of a building - an unusual feature in Hagiwara's Mount Fuji Prints.
Mt. Fuji Series:Autumn Mt. Fuji The famous mountain appears to rise before our eyes, against a russet sky; varied bands of color enhance its mighty form. Above, Fall leaves echo the color of the ground and frame the bold, majestic image of Mount Fuji.
Mt. Fuji Series:Rising Sun Mt. Fuji A remarkable, dramatic image of sunrise over Mount Fuji, illuminating, both the sky and the mountain top with brilliant color, in contrast to the dakness, still below.
Fantasy in Blue No. 1 An animated, marvellously subtle and glowing Print - rare and unusual in this large size, by the Master of Woodblock Prints and Japan's senior, most admired and respected woodblcok print Artist. A Museum of his Works in his native Yamanashi Prefecture, is planned to open in 2005.
Memory No. 13 This is a very large, magnificent Print in many colors that glow, advance and recede. An abstract composition is firmly projected against a background of delicate gradations of color on the left, and on the right, an animated design in blocks of purple and green against bright blue. As in many of Hagiwara's Works, this Print provides a changing landscape of animated shapes, color and form.
Mt. Fuji Series:Distant Mt. Fuji in Winter [in Japanese] In a blue-lilac haze, under a darkened sky, Mount Fuji floats, a small conical shape of white. A wonderful balance is achieved between the curving band of dark trees, the lighter snow covered fields above and below, the mountain and dark sky.
Clown No. 8 This famous Print represents an apex of the Clown/Circus series; in glowing color the abstract shapes float and balance against the varied blue background; they recreate the fun and excitement on a night of performance,illuminated by light, stars and moon.
Mt.. Fuji Series:Mt. Fuji and Wheat Fields [in Japanese] The mountain, its outlines soft in the misty athmosphere, rises mysteriously between the quietly flowing clouds, passing over it; below, the gently wafting sedge balances the cloud pattern above; Beautiful colors of varied, soft greys and beige colors enhance this subtle Work