Colored Woodcuts From 19th Century Japan at the Benton Museum of Art

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artwork: Toyokuni III - "Untitled", 1847–1852 - Colored woodcut. Collection of the Benton Art Museum, on view in "The Colored Woodcut in 19th-Century Japan: Edo and Osaka" until August 7th.


Storrs, CT.- The Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut is currently showing “The Colored Woodcut in 19th-Century Japan: Edo and Osaka” until August 7th. The colored woodcut was ubiquitous in 19th-century Japan, and for Europeans a source of artistic influence and of pleasure in collecting them. The late 19th-century artistic influence of the woodcut lay in its disavowal of Western perspective, an ingrained facility for two-dimensional patterning, and an unwavering sense of coloration. The pleasure of collecting the color woodcuts in the late 19th and 20th centuries lay in a more profound interest in Asian arts, Chinese as well as Japanese, than had been expressed by the decoratively brilliant but very western Chinoiserie of the 18th century.