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Mid-Century Modern Hiroyuki Tajima Abstract Japanese Woodcut Print



Beautiful and mysterious woodcut print by Japanese artist Hiroyuki Tajima (1911-1984). This print, titled Scarlet Impression, has broad areas of color contrasting with delicate, organic details which give it an amazing depth. Signed and numbered 26/50 and dated 1973. Sight size is 18 1/2 inches by 22 inches. From the Indianapolis Museum of Art: Tajima Hiroyuki (1911–1984) is widely regarded as an important sosaku hanga (creative print) movement artist. Traditional Japanese woodblock prints were collaboratively produced by a team of skilled artisans directed by a publisher, but in sosaku hanga the artist designed, carved and printed his creations by himself. The creative print movement was, in part, a response to Western ideas of originality and individual artistic expression. Tajima’s method included the use of shellac, torn and crumpled papers, dyes and other materials in conjunction with wood blocks to create low reliefs and intricate surfaces upon which to print. This method, combined with suggestions of highlighting and modeling, makes his prints appear to take on three-dimensional qualities, although the print surface is completely flat. He used overprinting and techniques of dye resist, producing richly saturated colors with complex and textured effects that invite and reward close observation. His layered color combinations make his prints glow as if illuminated from behind, resulting in great visual depth and instilling his works with a mood of mystery and quiet beauty. Tajima was born in Tokyo and graduated from Nihon University in 1932, and from the Western-style painting division of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1943. He created his first print in 1946, and joined the Bijutsu Bunka Kyokai (a group of abstract and surrealist artists) the same year. He studied printmaking under Nagase Yoshio (1891–1978), an artist of the sosaku hanga school, and fabric dyeing with Hirokawa Matsugoro (1889–1952). Hiroyuki's work has been widely exhibited, including at the Tokyo Biennial, and is in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Cleveland Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Carnegie Museum of Art; The National Museum of Art in Osaka; and the British Museum.


  • Creator
    Hiroyuki Tajima (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.25 in. (79.38 cm)Width: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Depth: 1.75 in. (4.45 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent vintage condition. The print has not been examined out of frame, but appears to be in excellent condition with vibrant color and no creases. The frame is in good condition with some small scrapes, this could benefit from a new frame.
  • Seller Location
    Chesterfield, NJ
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU267038629123

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