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Hanging scroll art reproductions

If you can’t find an ancient scroll art or cannot afford to buy it because of its steep price, you can look for hanging scroll art reproductions, and enjoy the painting without hurting your budget. In ordering hanging scroll art reproduction from shops, make sure to provide the Artist’s name, title and description of painting. You can also look for the more modern woodblock painting style.

Woodblock printing is also a popular technique in Japan, more commonly used for book printing during those times. It was adopted later on from China during the Edo period. In Japan, it uses a moku-hanga technique that is different from western printmaking. Inks used were water-based and provides more intense colors and transparency. Earliest woodblock printing example from Japan came from Empress Koken who commissioned one million small pagodas with a woodblock scroll found inside. They were distributed to different parts of the country to show gratitude in the suppression of Emi Rebellion of 764.

Here are some of the most important Woodblock artists from the 19th century:

KAWASE HASUI – one of the most highly regarded because of his artworks’ brilliant color and great perspective. Throughout his life (1883 – 1957), he created over six hundred different woodblocks. Watanabe and other companies such as Tokyo Shobido, Kawaguchi and Sakai and Isetatsu published a great number of his works.

ENDO KYOZO – has lived from 1897 – 1970. He was one of the great artists who graduated from Tokyo School of Fine Arts. His works never reached a level of popularity and respect until his death. He put much value in creative pursuits, and rejected the idea of compromising his talent for money. Only few of his works have survived and they are extremely rare in today’s market.

EISEN KIKUKAWA – He used to be regarded as a copycat because many of his works bore resemblance with Utamaro Kitagawa’s style, a popular Ukiyo-e artist of the late 18th century. Eisen was taught by his father Kikugawa Eijo, a fan painter who specializes in Kano style,and Suzuki Nanrei, a Shijo artist. At the height of his career, he was able to develop his own unique style. Most of his artworks focused on beautiful women, although he also experimented with landscapes, children and other elements, often incorporating these to his women paintings. He also integrated in his works different print orientations, like close-ups, full-length and narrow prints. Eisen works has been held ever since as the last great bijin-ga prints from Ukiyo-e art.


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