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    Sale 1978

    Japanese And Korean Art

    18 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 119

    Hamaguchi Yozo (1909-2000)

    Twenty-two cherries, e.e. cummings Suite, "and down they forgot as up they grew"

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    Hamaguchi Yozo (1909-2000)
    Twenty-two cherries, e.e. cummings Suite, "and down they forgot as up they grew"
    Mezzotint in colors, on BFK Rives, a color variant, signed in pencil in Roman script hamaguchi, n.d. [1988-91], numbered X-19/35, published by Vorpal Gallery, New York and San Francisco--fine impression and color, very light creases top left and bottom right
    76 x 46.5cm.

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    This is a variant of Teien, pl. 126.

    Post Lot Text

    The cummings poem reads:

    anyone lived in a pretty how town
    (with up so floating many bells down)
    spring summer autumn winter
    he sang his didn't he danced his did

    Women and men(both little and small)
    cared for anyone not at all
    they sowed their isn't they reaped their same
    sun moon stars rain

    children guessed(but only a few
    and down they forgot as up they grew
    autumn winter spring summer)
    that noone loved him more by more

    when by now and tree by leaf
    she laughed his joy she cried his grief
    bird by snow and stir by still
    anyone's any was all to her

    someones married their everyones
    laughed their cryings and did their dance
    (sleep wake hope and then)they
    said their nevers they slept their dream

    stars rain sun moon
    (and only the snow can begin to explain
    how children are apt to forget to remember
    with up so floating many bells down)

    one day anyone died i guess
    (and noone stooped to kiss his face)
    busy folk buried them side by side
    little by little and was by was

    all by all and deep by deep
    and more by more they dream their sleep
    noone and anyone earth by april
    wish by spirit and if by yes.

    Women and men(both dong and ding)
    summer autumn winter spring
    reaped their sowing and went their came
    sun moon stars rain

    e.e. cummings