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New Beginnings: Japanese Prints of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s

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Fountain of Earth #1

1956
23 3/4 x 39 in. (60.3 x 99.1 cm)

Yoshida Masaji
Japanese (1917 - 1971)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Woodcut
Credit Line: Gift of Alec E. Hazlett in memory of Doris and McCrea Hazlett
Accession Number: 2007.40
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Location: Not currently on view

Edition: 4/50


Fountain of Earth, with its bold black and geometrical composition, was part of Masaji Yoshida’s earliest print series. His interest in exploring the effects of surface quality, soft shapes, simple forms, and restrained use of color set him apart from many other s?saku hanga (creative print) artists. He once said that he was seeking serenity in his work, and, as the titles of many of his prints (Fountain of Earth, Peace-Evening, and Earth No. 3) suggest, the shapes in his compositions and the manner in which they are arranged frequently remind us of the earth, sky, and gardens of the natural world.

[Label text, 2014]

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