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Japanese Cement Mortar Block Print Haku Maki Poem 79-4

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Japanese Cement Mortar Block Print Haku Maki Poem 79-4

Cement mortar block print pencil-titled in Japanese and with 79-4 (indicating production in 1979) by Maki Haku (1924-2000). Limited edition print numbered 65/203. Pencil-signed in the lower margin. The artist's square red seal is at the lower right corner of the image. According to our dear friend in Beijing, the literal translation of the kanji is "to go fishing from a tree" (attempting to do the impossible). This print features the highly embossed ideographs characteristic of Maki's work. The designs were created by inscribing on wet cement. Paper size: 10 3/4"V x 9 3/8"H (image size: 9 3/4"V x 8 1/2"H). Very good overall condition. There are tape stains to the top and bottom edges on the back of the print. The previous framer made a small ink notation on the top back edge. A tiny yellow stain is at the tip of the lower corners and the paper at the upper left corner is faintly distressed. A color illustration of Maki's work and a write-up on the artist can be found on pages 140 & 141 of "Collecting Modern Japanese Prints Then & Now" by Mary and Norman Tolman, Charles E. Tuttle Co., Vermont & Tokyo, 1994. For a thorough analysis of the artist's life and work, please see Dr. Daniel Tretiak's informative text "The Life and Works of Haku Maki."

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