Art: Woodblock Prints


Woodblock Prints

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  • Description: Produced since the Edo period (17th to 19th century), ukiyo-e, or “pictures of floating world”, are Japanese woodblock prints.  They often depict natural scenery, historical events, beautiful women, kabuki actors, landscapes, and sumo wrestlers.  In order to create an ukiyo-e, an artist, or eshi, sketches a picture indicating designated color schemes, and a wood carver, or horishi,  then carves the picture into a piece of wood separating each block by color.  Paint is then applied to the wooden blocks and pressed onto sheets of paper by a surishi, or printer, creating the final piece.  Some well know ukiyo-e artists include Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Katsushika Hokusai.
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