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Japanese woodblock prints have been around since the eighth century, however, they gained new popularity for artists in the seventeenth century. From then on, the daily life of Geishas, landscapes, and animals was most often printed showing a beautiful and almost perfect Japan. However, political and social events were often not depicted in Japanese Woodblock Prints from the mid-Meiji era onwards. In the 1990s that all changed; artists began drawing modern events onto their prints making statements about the current state of Japanese society. Geishas were now used to represent real-world events and landscapes were shown with decaying plants to call on global warming the effect of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Artist: Masami Teraoka (b.1936)
Title: Geisha in Bath
Medium: Washi on Woodblock with Ink and Color
Date Created: 2008
Dimensions: 46.5 cm by 32.0 cm
Credit: Asian Collection Benefactors’ Fund 2012
Accession number: 139.2012
Copyright: Masami Teraoka