Japanese woodblock prints

Utagawa Yoshitora
Utagawa Yoshitora, Kumasaka’s night attack on Ushiwaka-Maru at the Akasaka Post-station in Mino province, 1860

Researching woodblock prints I found this wonderful, and comprehensive, essay about Japanese prints published by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Japanese woodblock prints: a mass medium by Mae Anna Pang, 1994

I particularly like the Utagawa Yoshitora print, the use of black and white and colour, muted colours and stark contrasts, it’s cinematic before cinema.

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