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Hasegawa Shôichi

Japanese, born 1929

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Hasegawa Shôichi is among the many twentieth-century Japanese artists who migrated to Paris, finding inspiration and support that had eluded them at home. Hasegawa studied painting from his late teens onward, and he moved to France in 1961 with the aim of learning intaglio printmaking at the studio of Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988). Hayter, an expatriate Englishman, had set up his Atelier 17 in 1927 in Montparnasse, Paris, and was experimenting with and teaching new color etching techniques to great acclaim. The studio had earned a reputation for its collaborative focus as well as for its innovation. Interested in achieving translucency in his colors, Hasegawa forged his own style by blending European color etching and aquatint techniques with his Japanese art background.



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Student of: Stanley William Hayter (English, active France and United States, 1901-1988)

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