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A Print by Haku Maki - "Poem 39-19 - Number 50/101

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A Print by Haku Maki - "Poem 39-19 - Number 50/101
This is a handsome early Haku Maki print titled "Poem 69-19" - consisting of three red squares in vertical arrangement. It is pencil signed, numbered and titled by the artist and bears the artist's red seal. It in mounted in a matted cold metal frame under glass and has no significant defects - some very light toning at the edges of the mat. The framed print measures 18" by 10 3/8" framed - the actual print measures 13 1/2" by 6 3/4". It dated from 1969.

Haku Maki (1924-2000) specialized in mixed media. Blakemore in "Who's Who in Modern Japanese Prints" says - " Two unique qualities of a Maki print are the textures achieved by working the designs in wet cement and the use of Chinese characters as design motifs. The cement on which the designs are inscribed can be worked deeply and precisely, creating prints that look very different from those embossed through other processes." Maki passed away in 2000; as a result his prints are rapidly escalating in price and value as this talented artist will no longer be producing his unique work.

The Sōsaku hanga -"creative prints" - art movement in early 20th century Japan, during the Taishō and Shōwa periods advocated the principles of "self-drawn" - (jiga), "self-carved" -(jikoku) and "self-printed" -(jizuri), according to which the artist, with the desire of expressing the self, is the sole creator of art.

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