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Mr. Zhang Liufeng's art works are characterized by a very distinctive style. These lithographs have an athmosphere of its own. The people that are shown in such series like "Fortress Besieged" look so real but somehow lost and left alone. For us at artelino these images are still not yet interpreted. But they have have a mesmerizing charm that is hard to describe.
Resumé Zhang Liufeng
It is not only the Americans like Daniel Kelly or Sarah Brayer or the French like Paul Jacoulet who came to Japan to learn the art of artistic printmaking. Also a Dutchman stepped into this path. His name is Chris van Otterloo. He became the only student that the famous etching master Ryohei Tanaka ever took. Today Chris van Otterloo's works are to be found in such museums like the famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Biography of Chris van Otterloo
He was only 15 years old when he ascended the Japanese throne in 1868. When he died in 1912, Japan had risen from a feudal country to a powerful Asian nation shaped after Western patterns. Although emperor Meiji never executed real power, he became the figurehead of the new era named after him.
Emperor Meiji and his Time.
Mi Ya is a contemporary Chinese freelance artist from Songzhuang. Recently she has drawn the attention of art aficionados and art critics with a series of
actor scenes from the traditional Chinese opera.
Artist Resumé Mi Ya
When we encountered the art of Mr. Gong Yuan for the first time, we saw two rather different styles. There are portraits in a quite specific technique that we have not seen before. And finally there are paintings of cartoon characters following a recent Chinese art movement called 'generation cartoon'.
Artist Resumé Gong Yuan
Koichi Okumura was a typical Kyoto artist. He was born in Kyoto, and lived, worked and taught art in this old imperial city until his death in 1974. Collectors of Japanese prints know him for several dozens of woodblock prints that the artist had designed for the Kyoto publisher Unsodo. Guess what kind of subjects? Mostly famous views of Kyoto, of course. Koichi Okumura, a Kyoto artist in every aspect!
Biography of Koichi Okumura
Kiyotada Torii, 1875-1941, was an adopted son of the famous Torii family. In the literature he is also referred to as Torii VII. Collectors of Japanese prints know him best for a series of actor prints, titled Kabuki Juhachiban.
Biography of Kiyotada Torii
When I saw the first images of paintings by Chinese artist Cui Dayong, I knew at once that he is a great find. His colorful, warm hearted images in friendly colors of mermaids and girls with large eyes make you feel comfortable and feel young at heart.
Resumé of Chinese artist Cui Dayong
Much has been written about the charms of the "decadent" bijin print style of the Bunka (1804-1817) and early Bunsei Periods, but far less about its actor prints. And that which has been said is not generally flattering.
Kabuki Prints from the Bunka Era
Chikanobu Toyohara is a leading printmaker of the Meiji era (1868-1912). His woodblock prints are both retrograde and modern at the same time. Many of the artist's print subjects deal with Japan's glorious past. But in the woodblock technique used by Chikanobu one can find a lot of modern features like subtle shading and coloring that were later carried to perfection by the shin hanga artists under the guidance of publisher Watanabe Shozaburo.
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