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The story of the 47 ronin is one of the best known samurai stories in and outside of Japan. The books, movies, TV films and theater performances are more than numerous. The story is based on real events that took place in feudal Japan of 1703.
The Story of the 47 Ronin
The Japanese painter and printmaker Ishikawa Toraji, 1875-1964 created a series of ten voluptuous nudes title "Ten Types of Female Nudes". The Japanese authorities banned the series for its "pornographic" nature.
Female Nudes by Ishikawa Toraji
Sano Seiji is one of today's successful artists who live and work in Kyoto or in the rural areas around the old imperial city. The favorite subject of these artists is the beauty of old Japan. Sano Seiji combines the woodblock technique and romantic subjects in a masterly way. The results are images with a touch of impressionism.
Woodblock Prints by Sano Seiji
Everybody speaks about globalization - the whole world one market place and the whole world a mix of Western commercial culture and local traditions. Strangely enough the field of contemporary Japanese printmaking is anything else than global. Japan has an immense affluence of great contemporary printmakers. But with a few exceptions most of them are little or not at all known outside Japan. We discovered Waichi Hayashi by recommendation of one of his students. His woodblock prints are mesmerizing.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi was the second unifier of Japan after a period of more than 100 years of civil wars that had ravaged the country. His career from a poor farmer's son to the most powerful man in Japan is more than unusual.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi - the Monkey Servant
Torii Kotondo made only 21 known prints - all of them images of beautiful women. They belong to the finest works of art of the Shin Hanga movement.
Torii Kotondo - Biography
Before the war Tatsumi Shimura had worked for a woman's magazine. After the war he designed several prints of beautiful women. The women of his prints look very fashionable, trendy, beautiful and cute - with big eyelashes and a sensual lipstick mouth.
Tatsumi Shimura - Biography
Miki Suizan is one of the artists who made print designs for the Kyoto publisher Sato Shotaro. Six images of bijin - beautiful women - and eight landscape prints are among the finest of Shin Hanga.
Although Toraji Ishikawa was a painter and printmaker with a wide variety of subjects and a focus on landscapes,
everybody knows him mainly for a series of ten prints in Shin Hanga style,
published in 1934 and titled
"Ten tpyes of female nudes".
Toraji Ishikawa - Biography
Japanese prints come in different sizes following certain standards. However these formats are not comparable to Western ISO, ANSI or DIN standards and are only approximate.
Table of Japanese Prints Sizes
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