Saving Traditional Techniques

I first became enamored with traditional Japanese printmaking many years ago when I saw a show at Amsterdam’s Rijksmusem on Van Gogh’s personal collection of prints. The collection is now housed at the Van Gogh Museum. There are many steps in making traditional Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e), but the short video below focuses on the printing process as demonstrated by master printmaker Keiji Shinohara.  His deliberate precision is impressive and mesmerizing.

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3 Responses to Saving Traditional Techniques

  1. margaret21 says:

    I’ll watch this properly later: I can see that it repays proper attention – thanks.

  2. this is gorgeous, thanks. I just finished reading the novel by Joe Byrd, Monet & Oscar, where he talks a lot about Japanese woodblocks that so fascinated Monet, so it’s totally à propos:

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