Re:- Shijo School Woodblock Prints - Many Questions!

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Posted by John Fiorillo on April 30, 2003 at 09:06:52:

In Reply to: Re:- Shijo School Woodblock Prints - Many Questions! posted by Arnold Satterthwait on April 29, 2003 at 22:28:39:

Hello, Arnold,

The original question was whether "there is such a thing as Shij˘-school woodblock prints outside of the genres of surimono and woodblock books and albums." The Osaka prints you cited, while certainly of artistic merit (I like them quite a bit myself), are not Shij˘-school prints. They merely demonstrate partial influence in much the same manner as many other ukiyo-e prints and paintings exhibit various levels of skill and assimilation by artists familiar with diverse painting styles (among them Yamato-e, Muromachi Suiboku, Kan˘, Tosa, Rinpa, Nanga, Maruyama-Shij˘, or combinations thereof). Edo-period painting is well known for its diversity, and printmakers were influenced by this trend toward eclecticism as well. My comment was meant to clarify the context, as I do not think you offered examples satisfying the original question.

Such kamigata-e do indeed offer engagingly entertaining examples of the range of ukiyo-e, but in my opinion, they are not, simply by virtue of their "hybrid" styles or incorporation of some Maruyama-Shij˘ influence, of sufficient distinctness to warrant an entirely separate classification within ukiyo-e in the broader sense or kamigata-e in the particular.


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