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Division-Work No. 100

Division-Work No. 100

2002

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Hamanishi Katsunori 黒田茂樹

(Japanese, b. 1949)

Mezzotint with gold leaf

Support: MUSE MAT THUNDERS watermarked wove paper

Sheet: 74.2 x 49.8 cm (29 3/16 x 19 5/8 in.); Platemark: 59.7 x 45.1 cm (23 1/2 x 17 3/4 in.)

Gift of Gloria and Leon Plevin in memory of Fred Schmidt 2002.106.a

Impression: 37

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Although mezzotint is primarily a European technique,
Hamanishi’s work is traditionally Japanese in many respects.
The use of gold, which emphasizes the flatness of the scene
and adds a wonderful decorative element, began in Japanese
printmaking in the late 17th century. One hundred years
earlier, gold paper served as a background for folding screens
(see examples in gallery 121), also referenced in the tripartite
arrangement of Division-Work No. 100.

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