Photo of Artist, 1986
Hagiwara Hideo (1913-2007) 萩原英雄
Born in Kofu City, Yamanishi Prefecture in 1913, Hideo Hagiwara lived in Korea and Manchuria during his early years. After returning to Japan in 1929 he studied oil painting at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts from which he graduated in 1938. While in school he briefly studied woodblock printing with Hiratsuka Un'ichi (1895-1997), a major figure in the sosaku hanga (creative print) movement. He spent the first 20 years of his career as a painter (and continued to paint throughout his career), but during his recuperation from tuberculosis (1953-1955) he took up woodblock printing. In 1958 he began to explore abstraction and began employing innovative and experimental printmaking techniques. His work began to receive international acclaim in the 1960s with numerous international exhibitions. Hagiwara served as Chairman of the Japanese Print Association for many years and in 1989 he was awarded a gold medal by the Nobel Prize Committee for five works produced on themes from the novels of Kawabata Yasunari. He passed away on November 4, 2007 at the age of 94.
In 1983 he was awarded the “Purple Ribbon” by the Japanese government for his devotion to the development of the Japanese art. In 1989 he was awarded a gold medal by the Nobel Prize Committee for five works produced on themes from the novels of Kawabata Yasunari.
The Artist at Home
Working in Series
Man in Armor Series
Greek Mythology Series
Thirty-Six Views of Fuji Series, 1981-1986 - Four Images
Innovative Woodblock Techniques
An Example in Technique - "Stone Flower, Red"
Source: Japanese Prints Today: Tradition with Innovation, Margaret K. Johnson, Dale K. Hilton, Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., 1980, p. 89.
Once Hagiwara has worked out the inking requirements for a particular print, the actual inking process for each print of an edition requires its share of time and physical energy. Hagiwara prints his own editions. The print, "Stone Flower, Red" was made from three woodblocks: one for each of the colors - orange, red-yellow and purple. Among these blocks there were twenty inkings, which means twenty layers of ink on each print. The time for inking each print of the edition: two hours.
Artist Quote - The Old is the New
Source: Japanese Prints Today: Tradition with Innovation, Margaret K. Johnson, Dale K. Hilton, Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., 1980, p. 80, 81.
Hagiwara's patient search for the fullest means of visually expressing his thoughts has spanned more than two decades. Among the prints that have resulted over this period, there are monuments: monuments to the universality of man's thoughts, and monuments to the ability of an individual to communicate to the outside world his inner thoughts through his own form of visual expression. That Hagiwara's prints convey their personal message in universal terms is borne out by well-deserved international acclaim.
日本現代版画 萩原英雄 玲風書房 1992 (The Modern Japanese Print Artists: Hagiwara Hideo, Reifū Shobō, 1992)
Prints in Collection
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