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Aiban is a Japanese print size of about 9 by 13 inches (22,5 by 34,5 cm).
Japanese Print Sizes
Akechi Mitsuhide (1526-1582) was a general of the tyran Oda Nobunaga. After Nobunaga had reprimanded and publicly ridiculed him, Akechi Misuhide revolted against his lord. He succeeded and Nobunaga was forced to commit suicide. But another loyal general, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, came to revenge the death of Nobunaga and defeated the army of Akechi Mitsuhide at Uchidehama. When Akechi Mitsuhide fled from the battle field, he fell into the hands of riotous farmers and was slain. A famous print by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka shows the moment when Mitsuhide arrives on his horse and a farmer armed with a spear is awaiting him behind bamboo bushes.
Aoi is a shape used for Japanese tsuba (sword guard) resembling the leaves of the mallow.
Aquatint is a special form of etching which is created by etching areas of tone rather than lines.
Intaglio Printmaking Techniques
Arashiyama is a beautiful scenic area near Kyoto with a mountain of the same name, a few temples and a river that is spanned by an old wooden bridge, the Togetsu. Arashiyama is also famous for its cherry blossom season.
Usually an artist receives/keeps 10-15% out of an edition for his own use. These impressions are called artist's proofs (AP, A.P., épreuve d'artiste) and are in addition to the numbered edition.
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