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Japanese Prints

Japanese Prints

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will explore Japanese prints and Japonisme in European art.
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Notes on "Japanese Prints"

Terms to Know

Japanese Woodblock

A technique of printing where wood planks were cut from the grain of cherry wood and water-based inks were applied.


A French style describing the period in which Japanese art, especially woodcut prints, influenced western art from the 19th century.

Diagonal Axis

A central line that divides a composition at an angle rather than a vertical.


A genre of art by artists of the Ukiyo-e School, known as the "floating world," a hedonistic and transient group, who created seductive scenes of urban culture and entertainment during the Edo (1615-1868) and early Meiji (1868-1912) periods in Japan.



Image of Hiroshige, Plum Orchard, Kameido, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hiroshige_Pruneraie_%C3%A0_Kameido.jpg; Image of Hokusai, The Great Wave, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Great_Wave_off_Kanagawa2.jpg; Image of Toulouse-Lautrec, Divan Japonaise, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Henri_de_Toulouse-Lautrec_019.jpg; Image of Toulouse-Lautrec, Ambassadeurs, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Henri_de_Toulouse-Lautrec_002.jpg