Haku Maki was a well-known Japanese print maker of the second half of the 20th century
About 20 of his work was called Big Red and a few Big Blue or Big Green. This is one of the rare big blue prints. By my reckoning he did about three true Big Blues, this is one of the 3. Until this true image appeared I only knew of a catalogue image which we enhanced into a nice blue here in Beijing. This is the Real Deal. The strokes of the kanji are strong and vibrant Yet the image is cramped on the paper, as if Maki could not
afford the paper! More often than not Maki’s big prints had a Black Sun in them: this
Big Blue lacks that sun. and lacks a splash. It surely fills up the space.
The image in the print is kanji for heart; to make life easier for his fans who read Chinese or Japanese, Maki put the hiragana for the image in the bottom margin. It reads kokoro which is Heart Edition: 7/58
Image Size: 19 X 19 inches. This print was published in 1973.
the crowded nature of this print is not unique f0r this period Maki did a few in 1973 that were also of this style