Night Rain - Eight Views of Cats (夜雨 猫八景)

Designer: Jonathan Huff | Carver: Tsoi Wai Chung | Printer: Natsuki Suga

Paper size: 14cm by 21cm | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [M] ? ( Change currency: $ / £ / )

Price: $ 120.00£ 99.00€ 110.00

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Description: About the series: This is the second publication in what is building to become a set of woodblock prints that follow the traditional concept of creating images in groups of eight. The practice originated in China back in the 12th century - based on landscape painting - and migrated to Japan some hundreds of years later. In the Edo-era, when woodblock printmaking began to flourish, the idea took off and a great many sets of such prints were created, no longer just landscape, but in a much wider variety of genres: historical episodes, kabuki actors, beautiful women … anything was fair game.

In the summer of 2019, we at Mokuhankan decided to pick up on this old idea, and proposed our own set - 8 Views of Cats. We publicized the idea through our website and videos, and put out a call for images to be submitted for consideration. The process is still going on, and you can learn more about it on its website.

About this print: Although the overall theme of any given 'Eight Views' set can vary, one of the rules of the genre is that the eight individual designs in any set must follow a prescribed set of sub-themes: Evening Snow, Night Rain, Autumn Moon, Evening Bell, Returning Sails, Descending Geese, Evening Glow, and Clearing Weather. This print of course represents the Night Rain theme.

It was designed for us by Jonathan Huff, who was one of the first entrants in our crowdsourced design project, and who lives in Texas. Jonathan [Instagram link] hasn't given us a long-winded explanation of his design, feeling that it stands on its own as an interesting interpretation of the theme.

But he did disclose that the little bonsai tree pictured here is not completely original: he borrowed the structure from an old print by Hokusai ... of course from an Eight View series, the Night Rain print featuring the old pine at Karasaki ...

Around and around it goes ...

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