Haiga Portfolio

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(American, 1890–1973)
(American, 1927–2007)
Sheet: 45.4 x 50.4 cm (17 7/8 x 19 13/16 in.); Sheet: 54.7 x 45.5 cm (21 9/16 x 17 15/16 in.)
Edition: edition of 50
Location: not on view
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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.”


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 the 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.
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Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Clifton Karhu

(American, 1890–1973), (American, 1927–2007)

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