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Haku Maki Big Red Print 1971 Japan  Poem 71-45 (Flower)

Haku Maki Big Red Print 1971 Japan Poem 71-45 (Flower)

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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1980: Item # 1002795
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This Maki Big Red has the Kanji (Chinese character) for Flower as its theme. The Flower is red and strong; it is set off by a black Sun to the right. A blue tear balances the sun on the left. Maki’s seal in red ink paste, is below the tear, also at the left. Although Maki himself printed this image, the ink looks as if it was layered on by hand. This is 133/154; Print size is about 11” x 18”. We note: the paper in this print is smooth, it does not have the moon-surface effect. In 1969 and running just through 1974, Maki did a series of these bold Big Red prints. He did at most 15 Big Reds. One friend has asked did he do Big image in other colors only a smattering of Blue and Green.