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1909 – 2000
b. 1909 Wakayama, Japan. 2000 Died in Tokyo

 Born in 1909, Yozo Hamaguchi studied sculpture at the Tokyo Art School in 1927, but abandoned his studies in 1930 to go to France. After a return to Japan in 1939, Hamaguchi settled in Paris in 1953, during which time he produced copperplate etchings. From about 1955, he began producing black and white and color mezzotints.

 He was awarded prizes at the Sao Paulo Biennale and the first International Biennial Print Exhibition in Tokyo in 1957. His first solo exhibition, which comprised over 160 prints, was held in Japan, at the National Museum of Art in Osaka.

 Hamaguchi’s mezzotints and virtuoso works have led to the present day popularity in this technique. His highly laborious prints are usually produced in very small format. He died at the age of 91 in 2000.

Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Museum of Modern Art
Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
The British Museum
The Wakayama Museum of Modern Art, Japan
The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Musée Hamaguchi Yozo
The Yamasa Collection, Tokyo

 

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