Re:- Shijo School Woodblock Prints - Many Questions!


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Posted by Arnold Satterthwait on April 29, 2003 at 22:28:39:

In Reply to: Re:- Shijo School Woodblock Prints - Many Questions! posted by John Fiorillo on April 29, 2003 at 08:39:35:

John is basically correct but ...

Keyes in "Osaka Prints" states (p. 207) that Ashiyuki was "the first to exploit the contrast between the broad, painterly style of the contemporary Shijo surimono and book illustrations that were appearing at the time with the precise and brilliant actor-print style". Schwaab in "Osaka Prints" (p. 156) calls Frog Rock, Shigeharu's "Shijo-style landscape masterpiece". I thought that these descriptions came close enough to mention these prints.

Also, my sense is that this type of art may deserve a special classification since it is clearly innovative, distinct and aesthetically meritorious - a bit more than "merely demonstrating partial influence" ? I suspect from their comments that Schwaab and Keyes might agree.


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