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September 19, 2017 AT 1:00 pm

Digital archive of Japanese Woodblock Prints #ArtTuesday

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This massive archive contains classic pieces through to contemporary works. Some of the more modern images play with the themes (see “Jaws” imagery). Via Open Culture:

This English-Japanese bilingual site, a project of programmer and Khan Academy engineer John Resig, launched in 2012 and now boasts 213,000 prints from 24 museums, universities, libraries, auction houses, and dealers worldwide. You can search it by text or image (if you happen to have one of a print you’d like to identify), or you can browse by period and artist: not just the “golden age” of Hiroshige and Hokusai (1804 to 1868), but ukiyo-e’s early years (early-mid 1700s), the birth of full-color printing (1740s to 1780s), the popularization of woodblock printing (1804 to 1868), the Meiji period (1868 to 1912), the artist-centric Shin Hanga and Sosaku Hanga movements (1915 to 1940s), and even the modern and contemporary era (1950s to now).

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You can see the whole archive at Ukiyo-e.org !


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