Red box - Toshio Saeki
Published in 1972, Red Box (Akai Hako) holds a special place in Toshio Saeki's bibliography. After leaving Osaka in
1969, where he was working at an advertising agency, he goes to Tokyo, hoping to find illustration works in the publishing field. The following two years, he publishes the Saeki Toshio Gashuu (Agleman Publishing, 1970) and Saeki Toshio Sakuhin Shuu (Gakugei Shorin, 1971) drawing books.
It is in 1972, at the initiative of publisher Haga Shoten, that he starts working on what will become his most famous
book. He is still quite a young artist, but Haga Shoten, which is famous for publishing the works of influential auteurs such as Nagisa Oshima or Shuji Terayama, gives him carte blanche, with only an imposed title as starting point.
Toshio Saeki creates this book under very particular circumstances.
His wife, whom he just met, is the victim of a psychopath who follows her wherever she goes. As danger
becomes more and more palpable, the harasser attempts to kill her and also commit suicide. To protect themselves from him, the couple is forced to go in hiding in several tsurekomi yado, those hotels for couples who wish to hide their relationship.
It is on the small low tables of these minuscule rooms, in this strange environment, that Toshio Saeki completes the
drawings for Red Box in two months. Ironically, the tension thatweighs on the couple is not without echoing the visions that form Toshio Saeki's universe and macabre poetry.
The preface of the book is translated into three languages (French/English/Japanese).
104 pages four-colour process
Hard cloth cover with marking
- Dimensions :
- 20,2 x 30 x 1,8 cm
- Museum :
- Musée des Arts asiatiques–Guimet
- EAN :
- Reference :
- Author :
- Saeki, Toshio