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Kunichika and Baiko

Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), Ichimura Kakitsu, Tanosuke Sawamura, Sanjuro Seki The current exhibition which opens on the 20th of May 2016 at the Toshidama Gallery is looking at the work of Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), and his colleagues at the close of … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Techniques in Japanese Woodblock Prints Part 1 – Shomen-zuri

Burnishing, or Shomen-zuri Woodblock printing in Japan, ukiyo-e, was quick to develop from the single-colour outline prints of the early eighteenth century and their hand-coloured counterparts into the multi-colour block prints of the nineteenth century. Sometimes described as embroidered pictures, … 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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Looking at Prints – Two Women and a Dog by Utagawa Toyohiro

What can we tell of this brush drawing by Toyohiro? The drawing tells us a great deal about the process of Japanese woodblock printing and raises questions which everyone has about authenticity and process. This drawing is from the early … Continue reading

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Of Men and Umbrellas – Kasa-obake in Hirosada’s Woodblock Print

What a fantastic image we have here. Who is it, what is it, what does it mean? At first glance I suppose that this looks like a diffident man poking his head through the battered sides of a Japanese parasol. … Continue reading

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Giant Spiders – Obscure Meanings in Japanese Prints Part I

Arachnophobes – which I’m afraid includes me! – should look away now. Ukiyo-e is littered with the corpses and the dripping fangs of over-sized and fantastical spiders. Something one notices immediately is how similar they all look and also how … 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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