Printmaker Yozo Hamaguchi (1909-2000) is best known for his ground-breaking work in colored mezzotints. His predominant use of soft but dark coloring, which gave the mezzotints a peaceful and serene quality, differentiated his work from other print artists, and led to the global recognition of his aesthetic and skill.
Alongside Hamaguchi’s works are those by avant-garde print artists such as Shinsui Ito and Yamakawa Shuho. Created during the end of the Meiji Period (1867-1912), when Japanese traditional ukiyo-e (floating world) prints were becoming less popular, these artists’ works showed a modernism that impressed art critics overseas; till May 6.
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