Today, we’re discussing the evolution of a unique form of modern Japanese art: shin hanga, or new woodblocks, which attempted to combine Western painting techniques with woodblock printing. They’re not as well remembered as old ukiyo-e prints, but say something very interesting about the tension between modernity and tradition in 20th century Japan!
Okamoto, Hiromi and Henry D. Smith II. “Ukiyo-e for Modern Japan: The Legacy of Watanabe Shozaburo.” in The New Wave: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection.
A basic introduction to the woodblock printing process is described here.
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