Monday, March 3, 2008

New Project: Ukiyo-e



My research efforts in March and April will center on ukiyo-e (Note that not everything in this genre is family-friendly content, I will not be looking at anything I wouldn't show my young sons. But it is referenced in the first paragraph of that wiki article.)

This Japanese print industry heavily influenced many of the masters we studied last year (e.g. Monet, Whistler, Van Gogh), so several of us are planning to have a closer look over the two months.

"The first ukiyo-e appeared in 17th century Japan in Edo, present day Tokyo...These pictures depict in vivid fashion the pleasurable side of life at that period, and for this reason they are known as ukiyo-e, 'pictures of the floating world'."
--excerpt p.7
Japanese Prints edited by Gabrielle Fahr-Becker

Above you see a quick copy I did over the weekend. The curving lines that dominate the figures in ukiyo-e are fascinating!

3 comments:

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Lovely lines Rose - aren't they sinewy and seductive? :)

I've been doing carp!

Belinda Lindhardt said...

ooh lovely Rose, i will be really interested in following you with this one :)

Valerie Jones said...

This looks like so much fun! I'm looking forward to learning something new from you.