Aug 26, 2021

Colophon

Haiga Portfolio

Colophon

1966–67

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Stanton Macdonald-Wright

(American, 1890–1973)

printer

Clifton Karhu

(American, 1927–2007)

Woodcut

Sheet: 45.4 x 54.4 cm (17 7/8 x 21 7/16 in.)

Gift of the Estate of Stanton and Jean Macdonald-Wright 2021.152.1

Edition: edition of 50

Location

Did you know?

The artist wrote of the works in this portfolio: “I have attempted to pictorialize these haiku psychologically and thus complete the verses by making the illustrations as modern as the verses will always remain.”

Description

Modernist painter Stanton Macdonald-Wright developed the Haiga Portfolio out of his admiration for haiga, the traditional art of haiku illustration. Produced in Japan using a traditional Japanese printmaking technique (ukiyo-e), the artist challenged the typically minimalist, black-and-white approach to haiku illustration. While many of the works in the portfolio employ the lively colors and patterns of Synchromism—an art movement MacDonald-Wright founded in 1910 seeking to apply color theory to music and rhythm—others are more contemplative, while still retaining a connection to abstract modernist optics.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Woodcut
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Woodcut

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