湯に裸女 (At the Hot Spring)

Designer: Ichijô Narumi | Carver: David Bull | Printer: Chiharu Kawai

Paper size: 15cm by 10cm | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [HC] ? | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: $ 40.00£ 31.00€ 36.75

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Description: This attractive design dates from the early 20th century - it was originally included in a set published by the Japanese Postcard Club back in 1906. Those weren't woodblock prints, but were made with the more 'modern' technology of lithography, something that the people of that day perhaps found more interesting than the older technique.

For us these days though, it is offset lithography that has become commonplace and it is now the woodblock that we turn to when we want something 'interesting'. If you are new to the world of Japanese woodblock prints, please try viewing this one in much the same way that the people back in the old days did - without modern lighting. Take the print near a window and view it under the natural illumination (not bright sunlight). Seen this way, the beauty is palpable - the way that the pigment has tinted the beautiful Japanese washi, and the slight embossings here and there in the areas where the application of colour has not flattened the paper.

For enjoying just the artist's image - offset will do, but for a much deeper and richer pleasure - we need the accumulated skill of the entire team of twenty or so craftsmen who had a hand in making this: from the papermaker, through the tool makers, not to mention of course the carver and printer who actually brought it all to life.

Hundreds of years of accumulated experience are visible in this little image ... and we hope you can feel some of this as you enjoy it.

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