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Saburo Hasegawa


September 6, 1906 Japan


March 11, 1957 San Francisco, CA


  • 1906: Japan
  • 1929: Paris, France
  • 1932-1954: between Japan and New York
  • 1955-1957: San Francisco, CA


1929: Tokyo Imperial University

Selected Work

  • Rhapsody: At the Fishing Village, 1952. frottage on paper mounted on four-fold screen
  • Katsura (Imperial villa),1951. Work on Paper, 67.9 x 65.4 in.


  • Saburo Hasegawa “Five Calligraphy Drawings.” In New World Writing: Sixth Mentor Selection. New York: The New American Library, 1954.
  • Winther-Tamaki, Bert. Art in the Encounter of Nations: Japanese and American artists in the early postwar years. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, c.2001.
  • Watts Alan ed. “Saburo Hasegawa Artist of the Controlled Accident.” Typescript, 1957.


Saburo Hasegawa is remembered as an influential Avant-garde printmaker and oil artist. He was also an educator and founded the Free Artist Association while publishing art books and sharing his artistic knowledge while writing for Art News. His art is a hybrid of traditional Japanese technique and the abstract Western art styles discovered while traveling. During World War II Hasegawa was arrested for refusing to create art for the purposes of propaganda. He became friends with Isamu Noguchi in 1950. This relationship encouraged him to create both abstracted and traditional Japanese art. His art style shifted when he went from oil painting to printmaking and calligraphy. His use of rice paper and Sumi-e ink in his abrstractions was highly praised in the United States but not by the Japanese art world. Hasegawa settled in San Francisco at the end of his life.

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