Japanese Prints - Haku Maki

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Haku Maki (1924-2000)
Symbol, c. 1961
Woodblock print
Sheet size:
23.75" x 18" (60.3 x 45.7 cm)
Image size: 16" x 11" (40.6 x 28 cm)
Edition: 20/100
Signed: in pencil, Haku Maki, three seals in red
Condition: Good, some faint yellowing; red stamp on verso reads Copyright 1961 By Bi,No-den-do, Box 222-Lenox Hill Station, New York City 21 All Rights Reserved with a vertical red stamp. This apparently is a gallery stamp.

A very strong, large calligraphic woodblock print by the Japanese artist Haku Maki, who often used Chinese kanji characters as inspiration for his work, likely the case with this intriguing image. The mulberry paper has fibers on the surface that reflect the light, giving the inked surface an unusual scintillating quality. A copy can be seen in the Brooklyn Museum.


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