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Image: 40.7 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.); Sheet: 46 x 55.2 cm (18 1/8 x 21 3/4 in.)
Gift of the Estate of Stanton and Jean Macdonald-Wright 2021.152.22
Edition: edition of 50
The artist wrote of the works in this portfolio: “I have attempted to pictorialize these haiku psychologically and thus complete the verses by making the illustrations as modern as the verses will always remain.”
Modernist painter Stanton Macdonald-Wright developed the Haiga Portfolio out of his admiration for haiga, the traditional art of haiku illustration. Produced in Japan using the traditional Japanese printmaking technique (ukiyo-e), the artist challenged the typically minimalist, black-and-white approach to haiku illustration. While many of the works in the portfolio employ the lively colors and patterns of Synchromism—an art movement MacDonald-Wright founded in 1910 seeking to apply color theory to music and rhythm—others are more contemplative, while still retaining a connection to abstract modernist optics.
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