Hasegawa Yûichi

(Japan 1945 – )

Metamorphosis

Location
Not on display
Further information

Hasegawa, born in Fukushima Prefecture where he still lives, is fascinated by the perpetual momentum and mutability of nature and the universe. He studied under Saito Kiyoshi (born 1907), a leading exponent of the 'sosaku hanga' (creative print) movement which emerged and was consolidated in the decade 1911-1920 and subsequently became dominant in the immediate post-war decades 1950-1970, largely due to American patronage during the Occupation. It was in this period that Hasegawa absorbed its ideas. Adherents of the 'sosaku hanga' movement regarded printmaking as a form of creative expression as valid as painting or sculpture, and they considered it important for the artist to be involved in the entire process of production, from the carving of the blocks to the printing. (This method contrasts with the traditional method of Japanese woodblock printing where the artist only did the drawing and then the block-cutter, the printer, and the publisher, took the drawing through the stages of realising it as a print.) The focus was on the artist's relationship to his material and tools, and his ingenuity in eliciting an image from a resistant medium. Hasegawa's vibrant, attractive prints affirm the principles of the 'sosaku hanga' movement.

The Japanese title of this print has richer connotations than the English for the Japanese words suggest the idea of perpetual motion, life's wandering, and transmigration.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 29, 32.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Heisei period 1989–
Year
1991
Media
Print
Medium
woodcut
Dimensions
86.0 x 106.0 cm image; 100.0 x 120.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "1991 Yuichi Hasegawa".

Credit
Gift of the artist 1993
Accession number
417.1993