In 1978 Haku Maki was nearing the end of his artistic effort using kanji (Chinese characters) as the main theme of his work. This print is one bold kanji, for Water. To make it easier for his gaijin admirers to know what it meant, he wrote "water' in the bottom margin. The effect if the print is bold, the character stretches across the paper; it has a gold Sun (akin to a splash for accent and decoration, near the center of the print), and the characteristic Maki seal in the lower right area. This is 183/203.,
This image appeared around the same time as other large, single character ones: Mountain, Bamboo, Flavor and Heart, etc. This print is in what one might call a medium size: Length is 17 ", width about 9-1/2 ". Shortly after, Maki did Water as a large print, roughly 16" x 32". The condition is very good, not perfect. There is a little foxing on the front please write to me for any questions.
During his lifetime, 1924 to 2000, Maki did well over 2000 images, making him one of Japan's most prolific printmakers. He was also very good His prints are clear, deceptively simple, standout, very Japanese but not representational