Tanigami Konan (1879 - 1928): Japanese Woodblock Prints of Western Plants and Flowers
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The great tradition of wood block prints was an enormous influence of Asian art on Western artists. This beautiful series of woodblock botanical prints by Tanigami Konan (1879-1928) was to celebrate the seasons.
Artists and printers in Japan decided to pursue the Western market, reformulating their art in such a way that it would appeal to the Western eye and taste. Heavily influenced by the Impressionist movement in France, they incorporated light and shade into their art along with Western concepts of perspective.
This new movement, namedShin Hangaor “new prints” was started by artists, but owes much of its success to the renowned publisher, Shozaburo Watanabe (1885-1962), a keen businessman who initially used Western artists living in Japan to understand the art that appealed to the Western eye.
Primula, 1917 by Tanigami Konan (1879 - 1928) [Source]
Shin Hangawas immediately successful under the shrewd tutelage of this astute businessman. World War II brought a halt to this flourishing business for a while, but the American occupation renewed the interest in these beautiful prints and many were sent home by the American troops, andShin Hanga was introduced to American homes nationwide.
The topics of the Shin Hanga movement are universally appealing: botanicals, landscapes, birds, animals and beautiful people. These prints are particularly vivid and lush, with extravagant displays of all the very best flowers - tulips, lilies, daffodils, crocus, iris and all the numerous splendors of the botanical world. It is definitely the abundant style of the West versus the more restrained and elegant style of the East. In Japan, an arrangement of five flowers and a few leaves is considered very satisfactory, whereas this would certainly be viewed as a little sparse by most of us! (Source of All Text)
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