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Mori Yoshitoshi had worked as a textile designer nearly for his whole life. When he was 57 years old, he began to create art prints. He is one of the very few modern artists who worked in stencil technique. It is a printing method which is also used in textile dyeing.
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Stencil prints and his distinctive style made Mori Yoshitoshi famous. Mainly the participation in the international print exhibitions and biennales in the 1950s like at Ljubljana, Barcelona and Tokyo made him well-known to an international audience within very short time.
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Mori Yoshitoshi preferred earthen colors as well as down-to-earth subjects - folk art, female nudes, Japanese kabuki theater or characters from the rich Japanese mythology. His designs are often humorous and express vigor and dynamic movements.
Author: Dieter Wanczura
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