Tag Archives: Osaka School of Woodblock Prints

Osaka Prints – How They Were Made

Kunikazu, Actors with Dice Hats There exists a document which is a first hand account of the entire process of the theatre artist’s work from stage rehearsal to the final production of the woodblock print. Written by Kawasake Kyosen, the … Continue reading

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Before and After Hirosada

Hirosada, Kataoka Gado as Hayana Kanpei There is a clear division in the design and the feel of Osaka prints that occurs at around 1840. This is in part due to the hiatus caused by the notorious attempts by the … Continue reading

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Okubi-e Portraits

Kunichika, Nakamura Shikan as Kato Kiyomasa Okubi-e refers to the distinctive large head to frame ratio of certain ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock print) portraits from eighteenth and nineteenth century Japan. There’s no strict definition here as to what constitutes a portrait … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Cities – Edo / Osaka

Toshihide, The Assassination of Kawzu Sukiyasu It might be convenient to characterise the the two great cultural centres of nineteenth century Japan as being in some way in competition, but this would be too easy and not really accurate. Two … Continue reading

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The Brilliance of the Osaka School

Kunikazu, Soga Monogatari For many years the brilliance of the Osaka School woodblock artists of Japan has been occluded by their more popular and populous Edo cousins from the Utagawa School in what is present day Tokyo. Happily the situation … Continue reading

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