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