Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dora Amsden, Woldemar Von Seidlitz: Impressions of Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e art is a wood engraving technique, representing the last traditional Japanese figurative art before the Meiji period (1868). Its pictures of the floating world imitate ancient aristocratic traditions and reflect the tastes and traditions of the people of Edo (the present day Tokyo) through landscapes and scenes from everyday life. The Art of Ukiyo-e is a spiritual rendering of the realism and naturalness of daily life, intercourse with nature, and imaginings, of a lively impressionable race, in the full tide of a passionate craving for art. This characterisation sums up forcibly the motive of the masters of Ukiyo-e, the Popular School of Japanese Art, so poetically interpreted as The Floating World.

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