COLOUR WOODCUT INTERNATIONAL: MODERN PRINTMAKING IN JAPAN AND THE WEST – TAASA Review December 2012

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This article was originally found in the December 2012 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 21, Issue 4, Page 16).

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Chiaki Ajioka Japanese method’ of colour woodcut meant `to print from wood blocks in water-colours’ (The Studio vol.3, 1894, 144) with the colour applied with brush instead of roller.

This method forced artists to consider colour as a main component of flat composition, not subordinate to representational forms.

Their concerted effort crystalised in the production of their first colour woodcut Eve and the serpent in 1895: Batten provided the design and Fletcher blockcut and printed it. Simultaneously, in Boston, American artist Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922) was producing colour woodcuts of his own...