Ordeal by Roses

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© 1962 Eikoh Hosoe.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1962, printed c. 1963

Artist:

Eikoh Hosoe
Japanese, born 1933

About this artwork

Ordeal by Roses, the first in a series of sumptuous book projects by Eikoh Hosoe, was a collaboration with the ardently nationalist novelist Yukio Mishima and featured the writer in a series of provocative poses. In the years after World War II Mishima embodied a scholarly aristocracy, with ties to classical Chinese and Japanese culture, as well as royalist militarism—an unusual position in Japan’s pacifist postwar society. Hosoe was a supporter of internationalist renewal and democracy, but his aesthetic sensibilities tended toward the aristocratic and classical as well. The symbolism of an egg, which could also represent the center of the Japanese flag, lovingly torn by the thorns of a rose, is direct and poignant as a line of poetry. This annotated print seems to have been made specially to produce the book.

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Artist

Eikoh Hosoe

Title

Ordeal by Roses

Origin

Japan

Date

1962

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

53 × 35.7 cm (image); 56.2 × 46.4 cm (paper)

Credit Line

James and Karen Frank Fund

Reference Number

2014.660

Copyright

© 1962 Eikoh Hosoe.

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