Compilations of
Japanese Woodblock Prints
by the
Great Classical Artists of Japan

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Japanese Woodblock Prints
Japanese InfluenceWestern illustrators and designers of the golden period between the 19th and 20th centuries were hugely influenced by Japanese prints. The borrowings were not only from Japan but we can see that influence everywhere in their work.
The Japanese loved form and perspective puzzles. Often we are viewing from above a transient, floating earthly life now concealed by golden clouds, now revealed and there also are golden waters reflecting the sun and sky realms. The clouds lost their gold later in the prints and were convenient for placing text. You wonder if this was the origin of cloud thoughts in Western comics. But the Japanese world is different to Western. You see some of the most beautiful renderings of animals and birds and plants you will ever see in Japanese paintings and woodblock prints of the earlier periods but they couldn’t do cats. It’s a great wonder why they made them look like they do.
Their world seems fixed; each generation of artists drew from this same known source. These constant forms and shapes mould their own souls and through them they mould other souls, but is there any content or is it only form?
I’m sure it is there! I have the best will in the world---I just want to know how this spell is being cast on me: it is a dizzily beautiful world of forms but these are all about contrasts and juxtapositions wilder and more extreme than that practiced in the West.
They did not traditionally have that personal God and mother of God that permeates western imagery, but nature was made personal instead. There is movement! swirls here and zig zags there, violent harmonies and broken symmetries and oh! -- those intense inks: reds and blacks, greens and lapus lazuli! Remember a glance is not enough! and another step from there was flattening perspectives, taking of them their essences, turning them into patterns and motifs to be used everywhere, either in harmony or in artistic disharmony, in every facet of daily life and especially in the beautiful garments and drapery so integral to Japanese art so the circle rounds itself.
If you may have to be reborn in this world its improvement, both on moral and esthetic levels each of which facilitate and are facilitated by one's knowledge of the world, are your concerns as an artist. There are children but I don't see a huge concern with the child's world; someone else may have more to say on that. Art historians refer to most of the artists on this disc as belonging to the Ukiyo-e school

Books on the disc:
Documents Japonais
Hirishige Vol 1
Hiroshige Vol 2
Hokusai Vol 1
Hokusai Vol 2
Hokusai Vol 3
Kawanabe Kyosai
Kitao Shigemasa Vol 1
Kitao Shigemasa Vol 2
Kobayashi Kiyochika
Kono Barrei Vol 1
Kono Barrei Vol 2
L'art Japonais Vol 1
L'art Japonais Vol 2
Ogata Gekko Vol 2
Ogata Gekko Vol 1
Ohara Koson
Ryuryukyo Shinsai Vol 1
Ryuryukyo Shinsai Vol 2
Suzuki Harunobu
Torii Kiyonaga
Tosa Mitsuyoshi
Toyohara Chikanobu Vol 1
Toyohara Chikanobu Vol 2
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Vol 1
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Vol 2
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Vol 3
Utagawa Kunisada Vol 1
Utagawa Kunisada`Vol 2
Utagawa Kunitoshi Vol 1
Utagawa Kunitoshi Vol 2
Utamaro Vol 1
Utamaro Vol 2

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