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Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland in memory of Moselle Taylor Meals 1979.29.1
Hamaguchi learned mezzotint while studying painting and engraving in Paris in the 1930s. Invented in the 17th century, mezzotint mimics the quality associated with oils; its velvety texture and finely gradated tonal values make it the perfect printmaking technique to reproduce paintings. Difficult and laborious, mezzotint was rarely used by the 20th century, but Hamaguchi sparked a revival with his original designs of subtle, refined beauty. The artist’s prints illustrate the importance of placement, pattern, and selectivity in Japanese art. Concentrating on a single modest motif, Hamaguchi created an intense, restrained, and magical ambiance.
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