PICTURE THIS Pictures of the Floating World, Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle upon Tyne

Striking show of the glories of Japanese woodblock printing

THE golden age of Japanese woodblock printing in the 18th and 19th centuries saw the spread of a highly populist art form, described as Ukiyo-e, “pictures of the floating world.”

Its meaning captures the fleeting, ephemeral pleasures of life — mostly for Japanese men — the theatre, beautiful women, courtesans, folklore stories and the beauty of animals, flowers and plants.

Produced in books, scrolls or as loose sheets, woodblock prints were made and circulated widely...
source: Morning Star Online

2020-02-27 15:47
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