Japanese Wood Block

During the 1800’s, Japan opened their trade posts with Europe introducing the foreign country to woodcut prints by teachers from Ukiyo-e school. Artistic movements, particularly impressionism and post-impressionism, were introduced to straightforward and transient themes from ‘the floating world’, which resulted in an attractive way to produce art. The Floating World (ukiyo), in the Edo period of Japan (1615-1868), was a way for the Japanese to express and embrace the new economy and social ambition of that period with particular hints to sexuality and erotica at that time.


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