Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Enigmatic Japanese Cuckoo

For those familiar with, or interested in Japanese woodblock prints, the image of the falling cuckoo (above) will perhaps be familiar but perplexing. This enigmatic bird, drawn identically each time, appears in woodblock prints from the early 1830’s right into … Continue reading

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Liberating the Nude

The picture to the left here is a woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisada from 1855. At first glance it seems unremarkable, albeit very beautiful; richly coloured and drawn with great originality. It is in fact a complex and fascinating thing, … Continue reading

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Impressions of Women – Ukiyo-e and Impressionism

Yoshimori,  53 Stations of the Tokaido 1872 It’s handy to think of national (or even nationalistic) characteristics in art; I’m thinking of books such as Pevsner’s The Englishness of English Art from 1955 for example. The reality is that people … Continue reading

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