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The art of Japanese Woodprint: Ukiyo-E


Ukiyo-e or better known with its English name “Pictures of the floating world” is a japananese art style flourished during the 17th to the 18th century. The artwork is created using different color of chinese ink and printed on a wood block. Most of the artwork depicts Japanese female wearing traditional clothes and sceneries that are inspired by Japanese agriculture. The art of Ukiyo-E has also inspire modern cultures such as manga and modern comic illustration, famous videogame “okami” is an example of an ukiyo-e inspired game design. When describing the art style of ukiyo-e people describe it as a simple Japanese illustration using bold monochromatic colors according to wikipedia. Ukiyo-e has been describe as an art style that defines Japanese art from foreign perspective.

Ukiyo-E has gain international attention thanks to the work of “Hokusai” the artist behind the ukiyo-e artwork “The Great Wave Of Kanagawa” which is very famous due to the style of drawing the waves of the water.

“Great Wave of Kanagawa” Hokusai

How ukiyo-e artwork is made:

There are two types of artist when creating an ukiyo-e artwork, One is the one who carved the woodblock and one who specialize on inking the artwork. Both job can’t be done easily and it takes years to master these techniques. These technique has been passed down from generation to generation until it reaches the present time which ukiyo-e illustration has been applied in modern artwork and commercial.


ART Movement: The Russian Supremematism

The Russian Suprematism is the invention of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, was one of the earliest and most radical developments in abstract art. Its name derived from Malevich’s belief that Suprematist art would be superior to all the art of the past, and that it would lead to the “supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts.” Heavily influenced by avant-garde poets, and an emerging movement in literary criticism, Malevich derived his interest in flouting the rules of language, in defying reason. He believed that there were only delicate links between words or signs and the objects they denote, and from this he saw the possibilities for a totally abstract art.

he Suprematists’ interest in abstraction was fired by a search for the ‘zero degree’ of painting, the point beyond which the medium could not go without ceasing to be art. This encouraged the use of very simple motifs, since they best articulated the shape and flat surface of the canvases on which they were painted. (Ultimately, the square, circle, and cross became the group’s favorite motifs.) It also encouraged many Suprematists to emphasise the surface texture of the paint on canvas, this texture being another essential quality of the medium of painting.

russian supermatism
My Rendition of the Russian spremematism