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Mystery In Japanese Woodblock Prints

Kunichika, Nakamura Shikan as Tadanobu, 1867 It’s very easy, seeing these beautiful works of art every day at the gallery to forget that to most people, the subject matter, the technique, the imagery of Japanese prints is a mystery. Sitting … Continue reading

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Journeys in Japanese Prints

Hiroshige, 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road – Okabe Station, 1847 The new exhibition at the Toshidama Gallery looks at Journeys, or travelling, in Japanese woodblock prints. Perhaps more than most art forms, the Japanese print, being at heart populist, … Continue reading

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Hiroshige, Toyokuni, Kuniyoshi, Hirosada: Four Artists of the Ukiyo-e Scene

Toyokuni I, Minamoto Yorimitsu and the Shinten-no, 1810’s Toshidama Gallery is showing prints by four artists of the ukiyo-e scene, spanning the decades from 1810 to 1850. This first half of the nineteenth century saw an extraordinary expansion in woodblock … Continue reading

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Bonsai Trees in Japanese Prints – Small is Beautiful

I suppose that if you were to ask most people about traditional Japanese culture, they would talk about geishas and samurai, sushi, kimonos and bonsai trees. It’s likely though that few people would know much about the bonsai tree and … Continue reading

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Techniques in Japanese Prints IV – Bokashi

Bokashi (shading) Probably the most common advanced technique in woodblock prints is termed bokashi which means shading or transition. It is so universal in some artists’ work that it seems barely noticeable but it nevertheless provides extraordinary variety and depth … 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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The Printed Road – The Tokaido in Japanese Prints

When you first start looking at ukiyo-e you almost immediately come across a reference to the famous Tokaido Road. This great highway runs 303 miles from the old capital of Kyoto to what is now Tokyo and for centuries has … Continue reading

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