Monthly Archives: September 2011

Space – The Final Frontier: The Problem of Depth in Japanese Prints.

Critics and Art historians often refer to ‘space’ in a painting or a print. Prints are flat – so what do they mean by space? On a flat plane like a print, space is all illusory – like in a … Continue reading

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Techniques in Japanese Woodblock Prints III – Mica

Printing With Mica (Kirazuri) You may have come across Japanese prints which are described as having mica as a feature of a special or deluxe edition. There was a craze for mica prints in the late eighteenth century, most famously … Continue reading

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Cats in Japanese Prints

It seems that the poor cat cannot escape accusations of sorcery in whatever culture it ends up. This could not be more true of Japan which abounds with legends and stories of vampire cats, witch cats, demon cats and cats … Continue reading

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Techniques in Japanese Woodblock Prints II

Gauffrage, or Embossing. I wanted to write these short explicatory notes to help people appreciate the terms and the techniques they might come across when viewing Japanese woodblock prints perhaps for the first time. It can be quite off-putting to … Continue reading

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Death of Kuniyoshi

Kuniyoshi, Mitsukuni defying the skeleton spectre invoked by princess Takiyasha Something not much commemorated this year is the 150th anniversary of the death of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Kuniyoshi was one of Japan’s greatest artists and his legacy of rich designs cannot … Continue reading

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