Here a remarkable expansion in the publication and dissemination of printed books coincided with a cultural renascence in scholarship, literature, arts, crafts, and architecture. Kyoto, the imperial capital since , had long flourished as a cultural center under the patronage of the imperial court, noble and warrior families, the Ashikaga shoguns — , and Buddhist monasteries. It was also home to professional artists, calligraphers, and craft specialists with unrivaled expertise and skills, developed and refined for generations. A century of destructive warfare among powerful warlords abated following the decisive victory of Tokugawa Ieyasu — at the battle of Sekigahara in Although the Tokugawa shoguns established a new administrative center in Edo modern Tokyo , where a distinct urban culture emerged, Kyoto remained a center of learning and cultural traditions. The technology of printing on paper from carved woodblocks had been known in Japan since the eighth century, but hand-copying with brush and ink remained the dominant method for reproducing texts and images in handscroll and book formats until about , when Kyoto artists and publishers began to develop methods of printing aesthetically attractive books. By , merchants in Kyoto had recognized the commercial potential of book publishing, and new enterprises developed efficient methods for producing and marketing books. In time, commercially printed books became the primary carriers of knowledge, culture, historical and contemporary literature, amusements, and practical information. Until the beginning of the seventeenth century, woodblock printing for texts and occasionally for talismanic images had been organized within Buddhist temples and monasteries, where the written language for religious and historical texts was Chinese. The technology of printing from type, however, was also known in Japan through the metal type brought back from the Korean campaigns of the hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi —
Ukiyo-e and Woodblock Prints: Pictures of a Floating World
Print reproductions are decorative, but actual woodblock prints are even better, and many are affordable, even on a small budget. So what do you do now? Here are five practical tips. Owning woodblock prints allows you to see their beauty whenever you want.
Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female Aside from Dutch traders, who had had trading relations dating to the.
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There are 4 typical components for a woodblock print: the title, signature, seal, and publisher’s mark. In this print by Kobayashi Toshimitsu, all 4 are clearly laid out. The title is set in the center-top of the print, the signature is in the bottom right-hand corner, and under the signature in the bottom right-hand corner is the seal. The publisher’s mark is the scroll looking object in the bottom left-hand corner.
Let’s take a look at the different parts of these prints closer up.
Japanese woodblock print with a 3-color palette commonly made from the s to tions, even though the date of the print is listed based on its initial.
Woodblock prints often contain text, inscriptions and seals which give information about their subject matter and the date of publication. On this print the signature appears in a little frame called a cartouche and reads Ici’eisai Yoshitsuya ga. Before , the Japanese calendar was based on the Chinese one, with years calculated on a twelve year cycle, and named after animals. The publisher used a seal. The text at the top of the image gives the title of this image, and the series of prints from which it came.
You can explore the print further through this interactive image. How to Find Clues Within a Woodblock Print Woodblock prints often contain text, inscriptions and seals which give information about their subject matter and the date of publication.
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They originated as popular culture in Edo present day Tokyo and depicted popular geisha , sumo wrestlers and kabuki actors from the world of entertainment. Ukiyo-e, literally “paintings of the floating world”, were so named because their subjects were associated with impermanence and detachment from ordinary life. At first ukiyo-e were monochrome, but by the mid 18th century polychrome prints were made.
The woodblock printing technique enabled mass production which meant affordability, and therefore led to the popularity of these prints. New genres of ukiyo-e such as short story compilations and paintings of landscapes or historical events later became well received. The beginning of the 19th century saw the emergence of several outstanding ukiyo-e artists like Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro, who created famous prints that are celebrated to this day.
These prints represent the classical period of Japanese woodblock let alone precise dating, let alone hand-signing of prints with very few.
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The woman at a table at the right is incising fine lines into a woodblock through a sheet of paper bearing an artist’s painted design.
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Utagawa Kunisada Japanese Artisans, from the series “An Up-to-Date Parody of the Four Medium: Triptych of woodblock prints; ink and color on paper.
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At that time, “the popularity of women and actors as subjects began to decline. That last group includes woodblock prints of styles and subject matter one certainly wouldn’t expect from classic ukiyo-e, though the works never go completely without connection to the tradition of previous masters. Some of these more recent practitioners, like Danish-German-Australian printmaker Tom Kristensen , have even gone so far as to not be Japanese.
The surfboards may at first seem incongruous, but one imagines that Hiroshige and Hokusai, those two great appreciators of waves, might approve.
Well, recently we’ve put two such “same image” prints together side-by-side to give collectors a better idea how they compare. Pictured just below then are two copies of Toshi’s print “Mt. Toshi Yoshida’s Print, “Mt. Fuji from Ohito, Morning” Newer print left, older print right Other than a slightly different “color palette” used by the two different printers, who probably did their individual works some 40 years apart, there is really very little discernable difference in the overall printing quality of these two prints.
Both prints exhibit skillful use of “bokashi” shading to achieve the delightful gradation of colors seen in the sky, to Mt Fuji, and in the foreground. In both cases, each print is seen to be crisply printed, with careful attention to details. OK, next let’s take a closer look at both of these print’s “signatures” as seen just below. In fact, these hand-carved and then ink-stamped “signatures” are usually so “life-like” in appearance that they can often fool unsuspecting collectors into incorrectly believing that they’ve purchased a true “life-time” print.
Here, to help collectors to “tell the difference,” we will offer a couple of useful suggestions to keep in mind when examining the “signature” seen on a Toshi Yoshida print. First, holding the print’s “signature” up against an angled light source, look carefully for the “shiny” appearance of a graphite pencil’s lead.
If the signature is observed to be “shiny,” most certainly then it IS indeed a “pencil-signed” copy. A second thing to also check for in the same manner again while holding print in an angled light source is the presence of “embossing” or “pressing” into the paper’s surface.
Japanese Wood Block Prints
For both collectors and dealers of woodblock prints, precise dating and the knowledge about the various editions of a print is essential to determine the value of a given print. In the following article, the basic facts as far as available, are summarized for the prints of Shiro Kasamatsu. Since this content is neither perfect nor yet complete, the author appreciates any additions, corrections and new “discoveries.
As for dating, Kasamatsu’s prints clearly follow the rules of the Watanabe publishing house. His earliest prints W-1, W, W-3, W-4, W-5 , all published in , carry either a black round 6mm seal or no seal. The blocks of these prints were destroyed in the fire following the Great Kanto Earthquake; therefore, they never were reprinted after
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Bring it to Dr. Japanese woodblock prints are lovely works that go under many names. Made by well known masters like Hokusai and Hiroshige, Japanese woodblock prints are highly collected worldwide. During the Meiji period , Japanese woodblock prints became very popular and were widely reproduced. The most common subjects in Japanese woodblock printmaking are landscapes, beautiful women, scenes from the theatre, animals and flowers, and historic events.
Artists did not own the woodblocks necessary to make their prints. Authenticating Japanese woodblock prints is similar and different from identifying valuable prints in the West.
Ukiyo-e Signature Sample Database
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Published by Tokyo. No date. Seller Rating:. About this Item: Tokyo. Four binding holes in right margin, small chip to left upper edge outside image ; very good condition.
Reading these date seals allows the dating of prints, usually to within a month. during which zodiacal date seals were used on Japanese woodblock prints.
A widespread belief among scholars and connoisseurs of the Japanese color woodblock print nishiki – e holds that synthetic dyes were imported from the West in the s, and soon came to be used for all nishiki – e colorants during the Meiji period. This study calls this narrative into question through an analysis of the colorants of nishiki – e from until , using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy coupled with micro-Raman, XRF and fiber optic reflectance spectroscopies.
The results show that the introduction of synthetic dyes was gradual and selective, and that most of the customary colorants of the late Edo period continued in use. The results revealed a series of key turning points after 1 In , the purple dye rosaniline became the first synthetic dye to be used in nishiki – e , at first in combination with Prussian blue for a more bluish color. Carmine remained the primary red for the next two decades, often combined with vermillion.
Just about this time, however, a tendency to more restrained use of color and more painterly effects began to emerge in nishiki – e , and with the exception of a burst of dynamic color in prints depicting the Sino—Japanese War —95 , the uses of strong colors in Meiji prints receded. A final key finding is that colorants were often combined, either through mixture in a bowl or on the printing block, or by two-step overprinting.
Descriptions of Japanese color woodblock prints nishiki – e of the Meiji period — inevitably draw attention to their bright colors as can be seen in Fig. Japanese woodblock print realized by Kunichika in October Red and purple colors are the protagonists of the scene. This study aims at tracking the introduction of synthetic colorants into Japan through the scientific analysis of a sample of nishiki – e woodblock prints covering most years from the s through the s.