Hasegawa, born in Fukushima Prefecture where he still lives, is fascinated by the perpetual momentum and mutability of nature and the universe. He studied under Saito Kiyoshi (born 1907), a leading exponent of the 'sosaku hanga' (creative print) movement which emerged and was consolidated in the decade 1911-1920 and subsequently became dominant in the immediate post-war decades 1950-1970, largely due to American patronage during the Occupation. It was in this period that Hasegawa absorbed its ideas. Adherents of the 'sosaku hanga' movement regarded printmaking as a form of creative expression as valid as painting or sculpture, and they considered it important for the artist to be involved in the entire process of production, from the carving of the blocks to the printing. (This method contrasts with the traditional method of Japanese woodblock printing where the artist only did the drawing and then the block-cutter, the printer, and the publisher, took the drawing through the stages of realising it as a print.) The focus was on the artist's relationship to his material and tools, and his ingenuity in eliciting an image from a resistant medium. Hasegawa's vibrant, attractive prints affirm the principles of the 'sosaku hanga' movement.
The Japanese title of this print has richer connotations than the English for the Japanese words suggest the idea of perpetual motion, life's wandering, and transmigration.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 29, 32.
Sei sei ruten
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
86.0 x 106.0 cm image; 100.0 x 120.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "1991 Yuichi Hasegawa".
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
The Urban Bonsai:
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992
- National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992
- Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992
- Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993
- The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993
- Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Emu Plains 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994
- Moree Plains Gallery, Moree 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994
- Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
From this place, Cowra Art Gallery, Cowra, 01 Aug 2004–12 Sep 2004
Referenced in 1 publication
Unknown, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 29, 32, 37 (colour illus.). cat.no. 13