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(Japanese, b. 1949)
Mezzotint with gold leaf
Center: 74.2 x 49.8 cm (29 3/16 x 19 5/8 in.); Left: 74.2 x 49.8 cm (29 3/16 x 19 5/8 in.); Right: 74.2 x 50 cm (29 3/16 x 19 11/16 in.)
Gift of Gloria and Leon Plevin in memory of Fred Schmidt 2002.106
Although mezzotint is primarily a European technique,
Hamanishi’s work is traditionally Japanese in many respects.
The use of gold, which emphasizes the flatness of the scene
and adds a wonderful decorative element, began in Japanese
printmaking in the late 17th century. One hundred years
earlier, gold paper served as a background for folding screens
(see examples in gallery 121), also referenced in the tripartite
arrangement of Division-Work No. 100.
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