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February 19, 2005: Paul Binnie announced two new woodblock prints - 'Utamaro No Shunga', another design in his tattoo series, and 'Ura Hannya', a large-format print on Japanese washi paper in a kind of sosaku hanga style.
Utamaro No Shunga
The Shin Hanga movement started around 1910 encouraged by the publisher Watanabe. It reinvigorated old ukiyo-e subjects like actor portraits, landscape prints and bijin-ga - images of beautiful women. Shin Hanga artists like Goyo Hashiguchi or Ito Shinsui took the subject of bijin to new heights as not seen since the days of Utamaro.
Bijin Prints of the Shin Hanga Movement
November 2002: Good news for Paul Binnie fans. The artist is back with Japanese woodblock prints. Paul Binnie has just published the first design of an ambitious series of 'Views of famous places in Japan'.
Aka Mount Fuji by Paul Binnie
Prints depicting birds and flowers are called kacho-e by the Japanese. They have a long tradition in Chinese and Japanese painting. Hokusai and Hiroshige were the great old masters of kacho-e in the first half of the nineteenth century. For the twentieth century Ohara Koson is the undisputed master of the world of nature prints.
Kacho-e and Ohara Koson
Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908) is one of these hapless artists like Yoshu Chikanobu, Ogata Gekko, Kobayashi Kiyochika or Tomioka Eisen who were born at the wrong time. Traditional ukiyo-e had gone down the drain. And when the new renaissance of Japanese printmaking had set in with Shin Hanga and Sosaku Hanga, they were too old to join the dance party.
Toshikata Mizuno - Biography
Kuniyoshi Utagawa, 1797-1861, is one of the outstanding Ukiyo-e artists of the late Edo period in the 19th century.
Kuniyoshi Utagawa Biography
Kunisada Utagawa was one of the prolific masters of ukiyo-e in the nineteenth century. His output is estimated at roughly 20,000 designs of woodblock prints showing kabuki actors, beautiful women, sumo wrestlers, erotic pictures and more. How was this possible? This article tries to shed some light on Kunisada's prints.
Prints by Kunisada Utagawa
In 1858, the year of his death, Ando Hiroshige created a series of 36 Views of Mount Fuji. The series "Fuji Sanjurokkei" (36 Views of Mount Fuji) is considered to be one of the best works by Hiroshige.
36 Views of Mount Fuji by Hiroshige
Shinkyo, the Sacred Bridge at Nikko, is a famous landmark in Japan and since 1999 listed in the UNESCO world heritage list. It has been a popular subject on Japanese woodblock prints since the 19th century. This page has a short wrap-up of the history of Shinkyo and shows woodblock prints by Yoshitoshi, Chikanobu, Ito Yuhan, Kishio Koizumi, Hasui, Shotei, Hiroshi Yoshida, Tsuchiya Koitsu, Gihachiro Okuyama, Shiro Kasamatsu and Tokuriki Tomikichiro.
The sacred bridge at Nikko
Images of trees are a popular and frequent theme of modern Japanese woodblock print. We do not know if Joichi Hoshi was the first Japanese printmaker to pick up this subject. For sure is that he began to specialize in woodblock prints depicting trees in the early 1970s and that it made him famous.
Joichi Hoshi - Biography