Scene at the Ichimuraza after Tanaka Masunobu


When Ukyio-e prints arrived in Europe they were criticized for lack of use of linear perspective, and early translations of meaning of the ukiyo-e – pictures of the floating world, had that in mind. Objects were not presented in linear perspective and with the use of ma, empty areas, they appeared as they were floating. Therefore Japanese visual art was treated as lesser compared to European traditional realistic art. Another derogatory term used for early prints is primitive prints. Used to separate early single block prints, therefore primitive in its technique of print, from multicolor prints, sometimes is misused and abused to represent those early prints as naive and simple.

Tradition of the Floating World – Artist & Printshop, Muha @ BlackBOX is an example of how some traditions can survive through time and gain root from one culture and epoch into another one. Ukiyo-e, pictures of the floating world, are known through prints and reprints from the 17th century till now. In Japan, during Edo period, ukiyo-e prints served as mass produced posters from commoners. Usually artists would paint for print shop and then print shop would make multiple copies of the work. There was usually mutual understanding or contract between artist and the owner of the print shop, leading to the lifetime relationship.


Print based on my painting
from the series 100 Views of Ukiyo-e.
You can read more about painting here.

Printed with Canon ipf8300 ink-jet Fine Art printer.

Estimated delivery for Europe – 8 to 11 days;
Outside of Europe – 11 to 22 days.

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