Color woodcut printmaking was not new to Britain, America, or Japan in the late eighteenth century. Yet after Japan was opened to the West in 1854 and deeper cultural exchange began, Japanese prints captured the European and American imagination. The fresh colors, simplicity of materials, and departure from traditional compositions entranced western artists and the public alike. Likewise, Japanese audiences and artists were intrigued by the styles and techniques of Western art, which was broadly available in Japan by the end of the nineteenth century. This rare publication includes many prints from this colorful exhibition and shows how the progression of styles became more similar as international artists learned from and competed with each other, then stylistically diverged as artists of each country took what they learned in new directions.
Publisher: Chazen Museum of Art, 2007
Foreword: Russell Panczenko
Impressions of Japan: Print Interactions East and West: Kendall H. Brown
Temptation of the East: The Influence of Japanese Color Woodcuts on British Printmaking: Nancy Green
The Spread of Style: Americans and the Color Woodcut of the Early Twentieth Century: Andrew Stevens