Tag Archives: Asian Art

Happy New Year From Toshidama Gallery

Toshidama Gallery would like to wish all its visitors a very happy and prosperous New Year. We have been moving the gallery over the last two weeks and hence there have been fewer blog posts on this and our other … Continue reading

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Imaginary Journeys – Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road

There are two recent publications celebrating Hiroshige’s views of Japan: Nancy Gaffield’s poem cycle Tokaido Road (C B Editions £7.99) and Taschen’s Hiroshige – 100 Famous Views of Edo. The former is an imaginary journey along the famous Tokaido highway; … Continue reading

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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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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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Coming up at the Toshidama Gallery

As summer comes to an end and the beginning of the new season approaches, we’ll be continuing our series on techniques in japanese prints with a look at gauffrage (embossing), looking into the relationship between Kuniyoshi and Kunisada’s warrior prints … Continue reading

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Archive Sale of Japanese Prints

Kunisada, Woman in Toshidama Frame We’ve been looking back through our archives at some of the wonderful prints that have been overlooked during the last year, and have put together a show with some terrific reductions, plus an additional 15% … Continue reading

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Tall Tales and Japanese Woodblock Prints

Benkei and Yoshitsune and the Fight at Gojo Bridge Some stories persist; immune to cultural change, embroidered and adapted to different times, rising and falling in popularity and sometimes losing touch completely with their origins and their roots. None of … Continue reading

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The Care of Japanese Prints

It’s important to know what to do with prints when you buy them; these are after all rare and valuable things and a long term investment. People collect ukiyo-e for a variety of reasons; some are collectors with a real … Continue reading

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