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Masuo Ikeda


Artist: Masuo Ikeda, Japanese (1934 - 1997)
Technique: Lithograph
Date: 1971
Signed: Pencil signed and numbered on the bottom margin
Edition: 119/200
Paper size: 11 and 7/8 x 16 and 3/4 inches  (30 x 42.5 cm)
Image size: 9 and 1/2 x 10 and 1/4 inches (24 x 26 cm)
Condition: Pristine condition

Portfolios numbered 1/200 - 200-200 contain one suite of seven original lithographs numbered and signed by the artist on Arches paper.
This series of lithographs was pulled at the Bank Street Atelier, New York, in 1971.
Published by Chikuma Shobo, Tokyo, 1971.

Masuo Ikeda (1934 -1997)

Masuo Ikeda (1934 - 1997) was born in 1934. Masuo Ikeda is well known as a Japanese painter, printmaker, illustrator, sculptor, ceramist, novelist, and film director. He started winning prize after prize in the 1960s: the Governor of Tokyo's Prize (1962), the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art Prize (1964). In 1961 he had established himself as a printmaker by winning the Grand Prize for Printmaking at the Tokyo International Biennale of Art, but it was in foreign parts that he achieved his greatest triumphs: in 1961 the Prix d'Excellence at the Young Artists' International Biennale in Paris; in 1965 the Grand Prix at the International Print-making Biennale in Ljubljana; in 1966, the First Prize at the International Engraving Biennale in Cracow, and first prizes at the Biennales of Vienna and Venice, where he was only the second Japanese to win in this category, after Munakata Shiko in 1956. He was the first Japanese to have a one-man show at the New York Museum of Modern Art (1965). He was always on the move and spent two years in New York (1965-66), then settled for a year in Berlin (1967). Ikeda was producing prints in his studio in New York from 1969, he returned to Japan in 1980 and was based there from then on, and extended his brilliant talent beyond printmaking. In 1977, he won the 77th Akutagawa Prize (the most prestigious literary award in Japan) for his novel, Offering in the Aegean, and directed the film adaptation of the same title in 1979. His vigorous artistic activity even extended to the production of ceramic works from around 1983 onward. The Ikeda Masuo Art Museum is located in Nagano, Japan. His works are in the collection of many public and private institutions; among which, His artwork held at Smithsonian American Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.




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