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The Shin hanga art style emerged in Japan in the early 20th century, and is characterized by its use of traditional Japanese woodblock printing techniques in conjunction with Western-style composition and perspective. Shin hanga artists sought to revive the woodblock printing tradition while also modernizing it, and their work was widely popularized in the West in the early to mid-20th century.
The art style is also known as: Japanese woodblock prints, woodcuts, woodblock printing
Categories: Impressionism, Modernism
Shin hanga is a Japanese art movement from the early 20th century that was influenced by traditional ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Shin hanga artists sought to revive the ukiyo-e style and create new works that would appeal to a modern audience. The shin hanga movement is often credited with helping to revive interest in woodblock printing in Japan. Some of the most famous shin hanga artists include Hiroshi Yoshida, Shinsui Ito, and Kotondo Torii. Hiroshi Yoshida’s woodblock prints are some of the most sought-after by collectors. His prints often depicted landscapes and scenes from daily life in Japan. Shinsui Ito was another well-known shin hanga artist. His prints often featured beautiful women, known as bijin. Kotondo Torii was one of the most prolific shin hanga artists, creating over 1,400 woodblock prints during his lifetime. One of the most famous shin hanga woodblock prints is “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai. This print is one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world.
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