Japanese woodblock prints were influenced by European prints, in turn becoming popular with Impressionists, who attracted Japanese artists to study in Paris.
A major influence of realism, leading to Naturalism, and on Impressionism, Courbet was one of those who paved the way for modern art.
After European artists saw Hokusai’s print The Great Wave off Kanagawa, their own depictions became widespread, peaking in 1896.
Painters paid little attention to the form of near-breaking regular waves until the mid-1700s. Japanese art later changed Western painting, with a single print by Hokusai.
Gauguin Post-Impressionistm, Nabism, Japonism, and finally Divisionist Post-Impressionism – not bad for someone known as a sculptor.
We’re easily convinced of the reality of 2D images – as when early audiences panicked as the Lumières’ train ran at them in a movie. How has our exposure to pictures changed, though?
This tiny island within easy reach of Tokyo is dedicated to the goddess of music and entertainment. Here it’s shown in ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings.
When did spiders and their webs first start appearing as motifs in paintings and prints? Who was the inspiration for Spider-Man?
People and the props which they carry can readily show the effects of the wind. Some brilliant examples illustrate this well.
Japanese woodblock prints are usually termed ukiyo-e, but ukiyo originally meant ‘this world of sorrow and grief’. How did they get their name?