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Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland in memory of Moselle Taylor Meals 1979.29
Hamaguchi learned mezzotint while studying painting and
engraving in Paris in the 1930s. Invented in the 17th century,
mezzotint mimics the quality associated with oils; its velvety
texture and finely gradated tonal values make it the perfect
printmaking technique to reproduce paintings. Difficult and
laborious, mezzotint was rarely used by the 20th century,
but Hamaguchi sparked a revival with his original designs
of subtle, refined beauty. The artist’s prints illustrate the
importance of placement, pattern, and selectivity in Japanese
art. Concentrating on a single modest motif, Hamaguchi
created an intense, restrained, and magical ambiance.
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