We are offering for sale a very nice antique Japanese woodblock diptych. This is outdoor scene with a geisha and a man standing under a flowering tree. The paper size is 13 3/4” x 19”. The condition is good with restoration, some soiling with slight creasing on edges of paper. The colors are beautiful!
FYI: Woodblock printing in Japan (Japanese: moku hanga) is a technique best known for its use in the ukiyo-e artistic genre; however, it was also used very widely for printing books in the same period. Woodblock printing had been used in China for centuries to print books, long before the advent of movable type. Woodblock-printed books from Chinese Buddhist temples were seen in Japan as early as the eighth century. It was only widely adopted in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1867). Although similar to woodcut in western printmaking in some regards, the moku hanga technique differs in that it uses water-based inks—as opposed to western woodcut, which often uses oil-based inks. The Japanese water-based inks provide a wide range of vivid colors, glazes, and transparency.
Ukiyo-e depicted the "pictures of the floating world"), is a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. It was aimed at the prosperous merchant class in the urbanizing Edo period (1603–1867). Amongst the popular themes were depictions of beautiful women; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica. Ref: Wikipedia