Kôfu, Yamanashi Prefecture, 1913
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Hagiwara spent much of his childhood in Korea, in a home filled with Japanese and Korean art. During the 1930s, he studied oil painting at the Tokyo Art School, and on graduating won a position at the Takamizawa Woodcut Company that specialized in reproducing ukiyo-e prints. Meanwhile, he took part in a woodblock printing course taught by Hiratsuka Un'ichi. After returning from the war, Hagiwara began to develop a figurative style that moved into abstraction by way of a poetic sense of composition and whimsical forms. Hagiwara preferred to make large prints, using an entire sheet of hanga torinoko paper. He devised numerous innovations in printmaking to recreate the texture of a drawing.
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Teacher of: Paul James Gunn (American, 1922-2001)
Student of: Hiratsuka Un'ichi (Japanese, 1885-1997)