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Fish and Lemon

Accession Number
1960/2.56

Title
Fish and Lemon

Artist(s)
Yozō Hamaguchi

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1957-1960

Medium & Support
mezzotint on paper

Dimensions
10 7/16 in x 19 3/16 in (26.51 cm x 48.74 cm);22 in x 28 in (55.88 cm x 71.12 cm);18 15/16 in x 24 13/16 in (48.1 cm x 63.02 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
Hamaguchi Yôzô
Japanese, 1909–2000
Fish and Lemon
Showa period (1926–89)
1957–60
Mezzotint on paper
Museum purchase, 1960/2.56

Born to a wealthy family of soy sauce makers, Hamaguchi Yôzô went to study in France in his early 20s. There he learned oil painting, watercolor, and engraving, and revived the technique of mezzotint (a print made from engraving copper or steel plates where shadows are created by roughing up the plate, and lighter areas are made by scraping the area smooth). Eventually he developed an original technique, incorporating colors into the process. Long before his time, mezzotint had been abandoned due to its intrinsic difficulty and the arrival of photography. This print is a good example of his distinctive use of color.

Subject matter
This is a mezzotint print (a print made from engraving copper or steel places where shadows are created by roughing up the place, and lighter areas are made by scraping the area smooth). Although mezzotint had long before the artist's time been abandoned due to its intrinsic difficulty and the arrival of photography, Hamaguchi Yōzō revived the technique with dramatic prints such as this. 

Physical Description
This black and white print shows fish silhouetted in black at the bottom of the print slightly left of center. The background is various shades of gray created by criss-crossed lines, and a lemon hovers in the air in the upper right side of the print. 

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
black and white print

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
Fish
fish (animals)
lemon (fruit)
mezzotint (process)

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