One of the most popular of my themed projects related to Japanese art and
artists - and Hokusai and Hiroshige in particular - and the impact this art
had on later artists.
This post highlights my past blog posts on these topics
The Making A Mark Japanese Art project
South Wind, Clear Sky (Gaifū kaisei) By Katsushika Hokusai (1760 –
also known as Red Fuji, from the series Thirty-six
Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei)
woodblock print; ink and color on paper, 9 5/8 x 14 in. (24.4 x
Introducing Japanese Art
Below are links to the various posts about Japanese art which have appeared on
Making A Mark.
The majority are associated with an art project I undertook in 2008 to
research Japanese art and find out more about the main artists associated with
The Making A Mark project serves as an introduction to Japanese Art and
ukiyo-e - the Japanese wood block print.
in japanese art - and how these went on to influence western art in the latter
half of the nineteenth century.
I created the blog posts from
various resources I found online - and I also created a website to record the
links as I progressed with the project.
Each of the links
below is explained in the short descriptions
There's something about Japanese Art which draws me in. I'm not sure
quite what it is however I'm very sure that learning more about it
will help me with the development of my own drawings and artwork. It
had a significant impact on the artists who I studied last year so I
feel that being open to its influence can only be beneficial.
I'm going to look first at resources and then at how I might usefully
frame my approach to this project.
- These include:
- books about Japanese art
- profiles of individual artists
- Context for the development of ukiyo-e
- Compositional devices learned from Japan
- Formats derived from Japan
- Subject matter
Making connections - between Japanese art and other artists, notably
Van Gogh, Whistler, Degas and Cassatt
This week, I'm going to try and summarise what seem to be the
subjects and characteristics of the Japanese wood block print -
ukiyo-e. I'm going to move from overview through to detail as I work
through this project so I'm starting with the big picture.
- This is an attempt an overview of the subject matter.
Then I'm going to use the western conventions of elements and
principles of composition to organise new information so that
hopefully it makes more sense to me within a more familiar context.
This post aims to provide an overview of the different elements of
design used in a Japanese wood block print - ukiyo-e. (For an
explanation of the elements of design see this post Composition - The Elements of Design)
My intention was to do an overview about the principles informing the
design of Japanese art and prints - but I'm overwhelmed and becoming
aware of how absorbing this project might become! My new aim is to set
down some initial impressions - and I'll revisit this topic again
towards the end of this project.
I'm also trying to relate a Japanese way of making pictures to western
concepts of what's important in terms of Principles of Design (as
discussed in the last project) Again this is more about me finding a
way to understand what's going on initially rather than saying the
western way of looking at things is best. As we'll see as this project
progresses, there's an awful lot of western art which adopted
conventions which originated in the East.
I came across this fish in a book I bought last Friday. It's called
Japonisme - Cultural Crossings between Japan and the West, Lionel
Lambourne, Phaidon Press. Lionel Lambourne OBE is the former Head of
Paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum (1986-1993) and a curator.
Japonism is the term used for the influence of Japanese art in the
west. This post is part of my Japanese Art project and is a
combination of my own initial research on this topic and notes I made
at a seminar I attended at the National Gallery in February called
Gained in Translation: The Visual Translation of Japan in Late
- given by Karly Allen.
Whistler, Tissot, Monet, Manet and Degas were all buying up Japanese
prints. Comparisons were made with the great artists of the western
traditions of printing eg Durer. Europeans were 'discovering' Japanese
art - which of course already existed even if the western world didn't
know about it! Many of the artists developed very significant
collections of Japanese Art
This blog post is part of my project on Japanese Art (see other posts)
and is concerned with how Japanese wood block prints associated with
ukiyo-e were made. It contains an overview of what they are and how
the prints were made and provides links to further information.
We visited the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew this week and I attempted
to draw the Japanese Gateway (the Chokushi-Mon) while at the same time
trying to remember all the things I'd been learning as part of my
Japanese Art Project. This post is about I designed my sketch and the
things I now need to do to translate it into a more formal drawing.
Throughout my Japanese Art project, I've become more and more aware
that Hiroshige produced some really stunning woodblock prints and
excelled at landscapes. So for my last post of April I'm going to
focus on Ando Hiroshige aka Utagawa Hiroshige.
Tomorrow I'll reproduce one of the websites I produced which is no